- Ultralight is fine and dandy in predictable, mild environments but what about such places as the high latitudes? Does it apply at all there?
- Thinking ultralight challenges the doctrine and the doctrine inevitably strikes back. This is about some of the usual arguments thrown on all over the ultralight style
- the same techniques that render a featherweight summer pack put a brick on your shoulders in the winter. It may seem obvious why but let’s do a bit of analysis
- One of the issues with lightweight hiking is overcoming the fear of being unprepared for the conditions. This is particularly true when you're about to travel to an isolated place with potentially severe weather like Arctic Lapland
Does it apply at all?
You’ll have heard the argument many times: UL is fine and dandy in predictable, mild environments like (the example goes on and on) the US southwest. Such argument is usually a way of saying it doesn’t work anywhere else with a rougher climate. It may look like basic nay-saying but it may undermine your UL plans when visiting such a place as Iceland1.
One of the issues with ultralight or lightweight hiking is overcoming the fear of being unprepared for the conditions. It’s something you learn with practice but that fear comes back when you face a new set of conditions. This is particularly true when you’re about to travel to an isolated place with potentially severe weather.