Good Web Resource for Backpacking

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    I’m surprised I haven’t stumbled on this site before... SectionHiker.

    https://sectionhiker.com/

    @mtwarden went got me wanting a windshirt, and I came across the site while looking at windshirt reviews. A lot of good content.
     
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    I read a lot of trek-lite.com, but it's mostly European posters. Still, lots of good info and discussion.
     
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    Thank you those are both great links !
     
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    Andrew Skurka has a ton of information on his site.
    https://andrewskurka.com/

    On Reddit I follow:
    r/Ultralight -Next to Backpacking Light I find this has a lot of collective knowledge
    r/WildernessBackpacking
    r/Mountaineering
    r/AppalachianTrail

    For Podcast I listen to the Trail Show and the Cascade Hiker Show.
     
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    Andrew is the man! :)
     
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    Andrew definitely is the man, but I'd leave his cookbook alone lol.

    Skurka definitely knows what he's talking about and communicates it very well. He's been a great help to the community.

    The catch with ultralight backpacking is that when gear gets that light there is a series of compromises and personal choices. Its like you can't really find all the tricks and lightest gear items very well if you totally go on your own knowledge, but once your pack weight gets down below 20 lbs, you can take what you know about what other people do, but ultimately you have to make your own choices and compromises because no one else's method is gonna be right for you.
     
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    20 lbs is too bare bones for how I like to experience backpacking. Carrying less is great but I like to bring my fishing rod, flexlite chair, pillow, folding saw, and few other gadgets. It puts me at 30 lbs plus food.

    Thru hiking vs backpacking vs woods bumming vs what-ever the next weight category is and so on up to RV'ing.
     
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    [QUOTE="
    The catch with ultralight backpacking is that when gear gets that light there is a series of compromises and personal choices. Its like you can't really find all the tricks and lightest gear items very well if you totally go on your own knowledge, but once your pack weight gets down below 20 lbs, you can take what you know about what other people do, but ultimately you have to make your own choices and compromises because no one else's method is gonna be right for you.[/QUOTE]

    Oh, I agree. There is a learning curve for backpacking. As you move through the curve your knowledge base grows. As a result your gear needs change and you buy gear that suits your current situation. Currently my base weight is 14 lbs.. I can go lower but it would require a large investment in new gear.
     
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