Shaktilmaran Feb 20, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: Definitely out of date in a few areas, but still a really good primer. Good intro to lightweight hiking. I really enjoy the drawings that accompany this dno useful and fun tips for lighter weight backpacking. Dave Janesky rated it it was ok Apr 11, The next installment of the book lightn, this time with one of the most amusing books on lightweight and ultralight backpacking: In fact, backpacking CAN be cheap! Lighten Up! Jul 29, Ellen rated it really liked it.
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One day, Don called me up on the phone, and told me about his project, and he was very eager to have me do the illustrations. At the time, I was cautious because book projects can be overwhelming and complicated, and they end up NOT being fun. But, Don won me over with his very wonderful optimism and excitement.
And, as far as the illustrations, they were mostly very simple. I also do climbing rescue instructional drawings, and those can be excruciatingly complicated At the time I took on the project, I had never done any true light-weight backpacking. I work for an outdoor school, and most of my work involves day mountaineering expeditions with HUGE packs. But, Don was showing me the simple techniques that sort of blew my mind. Everything was new to me, and it was a real eye-opening experience.
With very little investment, I purchase a few key items and tried it out on my own. I was shocked at how FUN backpacking could be. It had been drudgery up until my interactions with Don. Now, just a few years later I have become an outspoken zealot for the cause. And it all started with Don Ladigin and his first phone call. Don was very clear that he wanted it to be un-intimidating to anyone who picks it up.
This web-site is for a very special sub-set of enthusiasts. But, if you have a friend who, just maybe, would want to try to do something bold. Yup, Highly recommended. It changed my life! Mar 28, at am
Lighten Up!: A Complete Handbook for Light and Ultralight Backpacking
Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin