Backpacking Light 101 A Lightweight Primer to Backcountry Travel for the Uninitiated By Ryan Jordan Ryan Jordan is the co-founder and Publisher of Backpacking Light. He original wrote this article as a celebration of the evolution of lightweight backpacking as part of GoLite's 5th Anniversary catalog. Ultralight backpacking, contrary to proclamations by Those That Carry Heavy Packs, is not practiced by that crazy fringe segment of wilderness society that derives their calories from obscure edible roots and their shelter from two twigs and a waterproof handkerchief. Ultralight backpacking is not hard, nor does it discriminate against those with physical challenges. How-To: Seven Steps to Enlightenment 1. Don’t have a digital scale yet? 2. Camp chairs, GPS units, espresso makers, the latest Clancy novel, cellular phones – do you really need all this stuff? 3. 4. Ultralight backpacking requires that you rethink your equipment list. 5. 6. 7. The Ultralight Way of Life Ryan’s Ultralight Ethic Go Far Go High Go Fast
Hermann Hesse Quotes (Author of Siddhartha) “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. Trees are sanctuaries. A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. A tree says: My strength is trust. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours.
A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods | Paul Kirtley's Blog The author's bushcraft camping outfit. See below for numbered version and listing. Photo: Paul Kirtley. Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. It forms my standard bushcraft camping kit-list. One of the considerations for my kit is that it has to provide good durability for the cost. A Modular Approach As I’ve mentioned in other articles, I take a modular approach to my wilderness bushcraft equipment. Reduction One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that less is often more. Bushcraft Camping Equipment The author's bushcraft camping outfit. Shelter and Sleeping Kit 1. 2. 3. 4. Tarp set up for camping. Carrying Kit 5. 6. as my rucksack liner. Cooking and Water 7. Billy can kit - stuff sack, billy can, billy can insert, collapsible water bag (MSR Dromedary), and collapsible bowl (Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink). 8. 9. 10. 11. Personal Hygiene 12. 13. Clothing 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Equipment 21. 22. 23. 24.
The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living May 6, 2011 | 42 Comments » | Topics: Life, List At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living. Since word travels slowly in the digital age these have only just reached me. Here they are. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. via OwenKelly Hot Stories From Around The Web Other Awesome Stories
Best Backpacking Menu Avoid the Junk food rut with a two person, seven day Backpacking Menu! Backpacking! Chicken Curry over Brown Rice, First Day Backpacking Menu Dinner Chicken Curry Over Brown Rice Ingredients: one cup tropical fruit trail mix, 1/4 package Golden Curry Sauce, 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons olive oil, one cup instant brown rice, crushed 1/2 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger, one cube chicken boullion, 1/4 cup freeze dried peas, one tablespoon onion flakes, 1/3 cup sliced dried mushrooms, and one seven ounce foil pouch of chicken in water. Tropical Fruit Trail Mix Prep: Put peas, onion flakes, and mushrooms together. Cook: To rehydrate for 10 minutes, place mushroom mix with hot water in a bowl and cover. Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Breakfast Two cups of hot cocoa or coffee; two cups dried pears, apples, and apricots; Two cups oatmeal; one tablespoon brown sugar. Hot Cocoa Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Again Bagels Lunch, Last Two Days Chili
Psilocybin, the Drug in 'Magic Mushrooms,' Lifts Mood and Increases Compassion Over the Long Term - - TIME Healthland The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror and panic. The trick is to get the dose just right, which the Johns Hopkins researchers report having accomplished. In their study, the Hopkins scientists were able to reliably induce transcendental experiences in volunteers, which offered long-lasting psychological growth and helped people find peace in their lives — without the negative effects. (PHOTOS: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Industry) “The important point here is that we found the sweet spot where we can optimize the positive persistent effects and avoid some of the fear and anxiety that can occur and can be quite disruptive,” says lead author Roland Griffiths, professor of behavioral biology at Hopkins.
Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals! My 14 day John Muir Trail thru-hike with my son is just a few weeks away, so I've been busy preparing 28 days worth of backpacking food for us. Making your own is not that difficult, less expensive, and much lighter than buying those individually packaged meals. Are you up for the task? A healthy hot breakfast is pretty easy. My favorite is couscous, dry milk, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and cashews. 15 1/2 ounces yields 2,240 calories, or seven 320 calorie breakfasts. Now for some dinners. I may have gone a little crazy with this stuff, but did I mention that I absolutely love it? ...4 huge cans of crushed tomatoes... ...8 white onions, finely chopped... ...all in two giant pots with lots of garlic, basil, black pepper, and whatever else you love! Then into the dehydrator on parchment paper. I found the sauce finishes drying better if you remove it from the parchment paper and place it directly onto the drying rack. That's it for the hard stuff, the rest I will buy and repackage.
FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS The Four Noble Truths represent the core of the teachings of the Buddha, and are as follows: The First Noble Truth - dissatisfaction and suffering exist and are universally experienced. The Second Noble Truth - Desire and attachment are the causes of dissatisfaction and suffering. The Third Noble Truth - There is an end to dissatisfaction and suffering. The Fourth Noble Truth - The end can be attained by journeying on the Noble Eight-fold Path. THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH: Right Understanding, Right Thinking, Right Speech, Right Attitude, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration. 1. 2. 3. 4.Right Action: Practice selfless conduct that reflects the highest statement of the life you want to live. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Trails, Campgrounds, Parks and Topo Maps | Pickatrail.com The 10 best treks in the world These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order: 1. GR20, France Image by Jean-Baptiste Bellet This demanding 15- day (168km, 104mi) slog through Corsica is legendary for the diversity of landscapes it traverses. 2. Image by funkz This 33km (20mi) ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is currently traversed by thousands each year. 3. Image by Crazy Joe Devola ‘The land of the Dogon people’ is one of Africa’s most breathtaking regions. 4. Image by lampertron Reaching a height of 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Pattar, this three-week trek is extremely popular with those who want to be able to say, ‘I’ve been to the base of the world’s highest mountain’. 5. Image by Chandramohan Burly V Fewer folk trek on the Indian side of the world’s greatest mountain range. 6. 7. 8. 9.