WHAT IS ULTRALIGHT TRAMPING?
Ultralight tramping is a style of packing which emphasises carrying the least amount of gear, and lightest versions of that gear while still being safe in the outdoors. There is no textbook definition of what defines “ultralight” but you are generally considered to be an “ultralight tramper” when your baseweight is less than 4.5kg (10lbs).
SO WHAT IS MY BASEWEIGHT?
Baseweight is the weight of your pack itself and all items inside it which remain constant throughout the trip. This includes things like your tent, cooking gear and spare clothing. The clothing you wear daily is considered “worn weight”, and the weight of food, water, fuel and other consumable items are considered “consumables”. Your pack weight is your baseweight plus consumables.
WHY GO ULTRALIGHT?
On a personal level, I choose to travel ultralight because it's more enjoyable. By carrying less on my back, I'm more comfortable while I'm walking and find I'm able to travel further, faster. This means I can see more in a shorter trip than I may otherwise, and explore areas that I wouldn’t feel comfortable travelling with a heavy, traditional load out (think rock scrambling and off trail adventures). In addition to this, carrying a lighter pack makes me more agile - river crossings, downed trees and avalanche routes all become easier to navigate with a smaller pack on my back. Carrying a lighter pack can also reduce the strain on your body, reducing wear and tear as well as the risk of injury.