The lighter your pack, the faster you’ll hike and the more ground you’ll cover. Learn which ultra-light gear essentials to bring on light and fast days to keep your load light without leaving behind essential food, clothing or first-aid items.

5 Free or Cheap Ways to Cut Your Pack Weight This Summer

With its warm temperatures and long days, summer is the perfect season for backpackers to try going ultralight. Here’s how to make your pack lighter now without spending a fortune on new gear.