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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

Alpine Ultralight Packing List

Expect intense cold and wind; sudden storm bursts; steep and rocky scrambling. Get down insulation; sturdy shelter; supportive footwear.

by: Elisabeth Kwak Hefferan



Pack
Lightweight luxe
GoLite Pursuit; $150, 3 lbs.

Superlight
ULA Equipment Circuit; $180, 2 lbs. 3.2 oz.

Tent
Lightweight luxe
Big Sky Evolution 2P; $350, 2 lbs. 12.7 oz.

Superlight
RAB Super Light Bivi; $240, 1 lb.

Bag
Lightweight luxe
MontBell U.L. S.S. Down Hugger #3; $279, 1 lb. 7 oz.

Superlight
The North Face Elephant's Foot; $129, 1 lb. 2 oz.

Pad
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir; $120, 13 oz.

Shoe
Kayland Zephyr; $190, 2 lbs. 7 oz.

Insulation
MontBell Ex Light Down Jacket; $160, 5.7 oz.

Shell
Patagonia Stretch Ascent; $300, 1 lb. 1 oz.

Sunglasses
Uvex MP1; $100, .1 oz.

Trekking poles
Leki Thermolite Aergon XL; $150, 1 lb. 1 oz.

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Sparksrick
Sep 10, 2009

I need custom bifocal lenses, and always hated not being able to see where I was putting my feet without arching my neck, so I had a set of lenses made for a rugged frame with the bifocal part in the top of the lens. Now I can read my watch and still see the trail in front of me. I carry a second pair of regular glasses for evenings, nights.

Rich
Sep 10, 2009

Just curious to know why you recommend a piece from a company with a known shoddy peformance record (gear is OK, availability and customer service AIN'T!) such as the Summit 2P over a company with a known great performance record (gear is great and so is service) like Shires Tarptents.
The Rainbow has equal space with less wait...er...I mean...weight...than the 2P.
The spare door maybe?

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