I grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia but I have lived in Denmark for some 25 years. I love the outdoors and lightweight backpacking is my way of getting there. I try to get outdoors at least once or twice a month in Denmark but mainly the south of Sweden. Two to four day hikes are my preference.
As a teenager I did many “Boy Scout” hikes in south-east Queensland, Australia. My old Scout master was ex-army and we were put through all sorts of tests including night hikes through thick brush that had to be cut through with a machete whilst we were sucked on by huge leaches. In those days we lied on a ground sheet on the ground in our heavy sleeping bags; there was no such thing as air beds. We slept in open tents with no insect nets. You also had to find fallen trees in the bush and make a pole to support the shelter as it had no tent poles.
My base weight is normal to be around 5 kg and depending on the season 7 to 9 kg is an ideal total pack weight for me including consumables (food, water & fuel). That way I can enjoy my backpacking experience and still have all the essentials in my kit. The pack below is a Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Windrider.
I love gear, especially good quality lightweight gear and I do my best to support small cottage companies. Below is my Tarptent Notch lightweight shelter purchased in Jan 2016.
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