HOW TO PACK LIGHT FOR BACKPACKING WITH MIKE ST. PIERRE

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Pole Straps and Baskets: Trekking poles will change your life. If you haven’t tried them, I hope my other article on how to use trekking poles to decrease fatigue and increase your speed and efficiency of movement will get you started. Once you’ve committed to the four-wheel drive (quadriped?) lifestyle, think about pulling off those pole straps and baskets. It may seem insignificant, but swinging those things around for hours on end will make you just that much more tired at the end of the day.  You could save yourself up to a half a pound in the process. That’s not counting the additional weight you’ll save once you also start using your poles to pitch a shelter instead of a tent.

Knife: This one’s easy: Leave your hatchet, machete or Bowie knife at home, Davie Crockett. For anything other than skinning a mean ol’ bahr, a pocket knife should do. I carry a key chain knife that weighs about the same as my lip balm.

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