Backpacking Gear & Tips : Conventional vs. Minimalist Camping
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Backpacking Gear & Tips : Conventional vs. Minimalist Camping

I’d like to talk a little bit about the difference
between conventional and minimalist camping. In conventional backpacking, you’re using
quote, traditional gear. Packs are usually a little heavier and more stout to carry loads
of forty pounds. Sometimes even more. The gear is not quite as compact. Stoves such
as this, a bit heavy for a minimalist. For a minimalist, they get a little more into
the ounce counting and knocking down ounces off of every single thing that they put in
their pack. They go right down to the point of actually cutting a handle off their toothbrush,
drilling holes in the handle to make it lighter, cutting straps off of their packs to make
it lighter. Stoves such as these, they wouldn’t even consider. They’d be using alcohol stoves
or some sort of tallit stoves, or even no stoves at all and just eat cold food. If you
have any questions, make sure you look for your local outfitter and give him a holler.


  • solobackpacking

    were you expecting a conventional or minimalist explanation?

    I noticed I don't need my pinkies and my testicles during a adventure. So I would leave those at home in a cup of cold milk. I also drill holes in my fibula.

  • Danzarr

    Actualy, that has to do with the leave no trace behind mentality of real backpackers. The mentality is basicly leave things as you find it, so that you dont spoil nature, think about it, if you start a small camp fire its fine, but what if everyone does it, do you want a fire pit and ashes every fifty feet on a trail. Dont get me wrong, I love building a campfire, but I dont do it everytime. that and its harder too cook in a campfire over a stove. with a campfire you have to deal with soot.

  • mtlyb

    This sure didn't cover much to really explain differences. To accurately compare the two you should probably also touch on similarities, reasons for each style, examples of gear an ultra-light packer would use, etc.

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