Ultralight Backpacking Gear List – 2021 9.5 lbs / 4.3 kg

In this video I go over my ultralight backpacking gear list for 2021.

Hilltop Packs Raven UL40 Ultralight Backpack –
Hilltop Packs Food Bag –
Hilltop Packs Dry Bags –
Hammock Tarp –
Top Quilt –
Under Quilt –
Tent Zpacks Altaplex –
Pack Liner –
3 Season Sleeping Pad –
Winter Sleeping Pad –
Pillow –
Pocket Rocket Deluxe –
Spoon –
Cook Pot –
Water Filter Sawyer Squeeze –
Garmin InReach Mini –
Nitecore NU25 Headlamp –
Anker 13,000mAH Power Bank –
RavPower 26,800mAH Power Bank –
Anker 30 W Charging Block –
Knife –
Waterproof Socks –
Rain Jacket –
Weather Radio –
Poop Trowel –
Trekking Poles –
Folding Saw –

Sony ZV1 Trip and Vlogging Camera –
Trip and Vlogging Small Tripod –
Trip and Vlogging Large Tripod-
Shoulder Strap Clip for Camera –
Tripod Adapter for the Shoulder Strap Clip –

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  • The weight of your equipment may be less. About 1-2 kg

  • "My Tent Takes Ten Stakes" Can you say that fast 10 times?

  • Question. I also have an Altaplex and have been looking for a trekking pole that is 56 or more inches. The trekking poles you list in your description only extend to 51" and I don't see mentioned the Zpacks trekking pole extension. What are you using for a pole on your Altaplex?

  • could you spell the name of that shoulder pocket plz?

  • An overlooked piece of gear that i really fell in love with on my last overnighter, is the multifunctional Hilleberg Bivanorak. It is basically a different kind of bivy without all the claustrophobic and restricting elements. It also weighs only 500 grams (on my scale, including the suff sack), which is pretty good, considering it also functions as raingear and a windbreaker. As it takes so little space in the backpack, my 24 liter Deuter "Speed Lite 24" daypack is big enough for the big 25 series Trangia cookset (!!!), a slightly "bulky" sleeping pad, a 1×1,45m tarp (used as groundsheet for the sleeping pad), the Bivanorak, a ~9×9 40D silnylon tarp (optional), Rab "Neutrino 200" quilt, travel pillow, headnet, Arcteryx "Incendo SL" (thin "jacket" that packs really tiny), tshirt, longjohns, socks, boxer shorts, bathing shorts, battery bank, knife, bandaids, rubbing alcohol, monocular, GPS, compass, maps, Steripen UL (UV water purifier. 10ml dropper bottle with bleach as a backup solution) and 2x 0,9liter bottles, ~10 meals of freeze dried foods, and 700g of peanuts..! Not too shabby for a 24 liter daypack 😛

    A tarp is of course beneficial if it rains, but i know some people are setting up camp under trees instead. Im looking forward to trying that stuff for myself!

    I really like that you get a full 360 degree view of your surroundings with this shelter, and that it allows me to sit up, stand up, cook food, and if i use a quilt (or sleeping bag that opens in the bottom), i can even walk around and take a pee, without getting out of my shelter! Much better than getting in and out of a tent in my underwear on a cold and rainy night. As you sleep with the head in the hood, you get minimal condensation issues – and as far as bugs go, a headnet worked really good for me. A huge advantage over tents, is that i can set up camp *quickly*, even on a somewhat narrow trail – and i dont need to worry about strong winds blowing down my shelter. It also adds a decent amount of warmth to the sleeping bag/quilt, so i can bring more lightweight and compact options than with a tent or hammock.

    A thing to consider is the noise levels. If you cant stand noisy sleeping pads, this shelter may not be for you..! Try putting on a rain poncho, and lay down on your sleeping pad for a demonstration of how micromovements like breathing create sounds from these materials, which gets trapped and amplified inside the Bivanorak. This is especially noticeable if your senses are sharpened to try to notice if a crazy killer moose is sneeking up on you, LOL 😉

  • Real inspiration on weight!

  • A Kelty Trekker is the best backpack on the market…there is nothing better you could buy on the market today.. .. ..

    This post isn't why your not a Retro Backpacker, but that others are…

    . . .Retro or Retrogrouch Backpacking" …I read this in a add on the internet…talking about Backpackers that primarily use vintage backpacking gear. I know Vintage backpacking gear is becoming more in Vogue. . .then it was…

    Some call this ("Retro" (Grouch) Backpacking)…for short.

    1. One who is skeptical of technological developments until their usefulness and reliability have been proven.
    2. One who insists on minimalist equipment that may be user-serviced, and has proven its usefulness in the past. . .
    3. He is such a retro Grouch he still uses a camera that takes film. . .
    4.If it's not broken you don't need to fix it. . .

    . . .

    . . . I didn't make up the meaning of Retro Grouch…a Retro Backpacker doesn't want to buy gear that hasn't proven Itself by being on the market for a while…the last thing you want is gear failing you in the middle of the forest…but as a Retro Backpacker you can find older gear, that hasn't failed, that's still being used, it's that good…Kelty External frame backpacks, have a life time warranty, and most of your ultralight cuben fiber backpacks, are warrantied for two years or 1 thru-hike…why is it…because the modern Cuban fiber backpacks will probably fail you someplace in your hike…but my Kelty Trekker design. . .has been being sold by Kelty since the 1950s with modern up grades. . .if a backpacking product is still being sold, 10 years or longer, you can know . . .it's a good gear choice and probably won't be failing you in the woods…but new gear needs to be proven over time…

    Colin Fletcher Father of modern Backpacking. . .

    P.S. Leave your electronics at home go into the woods unplugged. . .most people could save up to a 1.5 lbs. . .

  • Earplugs will get you killed lol

  • Pretty cool I’m a broke boi so I use ziplocks instead of all the stuff sacks

  • What backpacking bidet do you use?

  • Great video! Wondering how the mountain house bag compares to the reflectix pot cozy on the heat retention? Love the idea of slimming those things down.

  • Hey there. Great video! I’m curious why the seams can’t be taped. I would imagine that you could buy dyneema tape and tape all the seams yourself since Waymark doesn’t. Am I missing something? Thanks!!

  • Are your top quilts the econ or premium?

  • Nice one mate! Some really good gear here. I wish I could get this stuff in Europe, there are some companies but it's a long way behind North America. Happy hiking!

  • Basically darwin on the trail gear list

  • Pau

    Great selection of gear!

  • Smart man, you should never be cold – or will need to carry a lot of more food to expend for body heat.

  • A real similar setup to Darwin, he’s got it down and a great inspiration. Love the gear

  • I like that backpack. I’m definitely going to look into there packs.
    Lots of great gear my friend. Great job on lowering your base weight 👍🏻👍🏻

  • I love to see what everyone else carries, lots of tips and amendments based on what I see. Thanks for sharing. All the best TGW. SUBBED.

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