The road to lightweight and minimalist (pro photo) hikes.

I did not get this setup from start, I kinda worked towards this over the years.


Backpack -  F-STOP AJNA : 1700gram / Size: 33x26,6x59,7cm / Volume: 40 Liter.

Raincover - F STOP Large :  50 gram.

Tent - Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW: 770 gram / watercolumn 2000mm.

Tent groundsail: 355 gram. *This is heavy and just to protect tent floor, it can be left out*

Trekking PolesBlack Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ: 345 gram.

Sleeppad - Thermarest  NeoAir XTherm MAX Sleeping Pad Regular Wide: 610 gram / R6.9.

Sleepbag - Sea to summit spark sp3: 665gram / -2°C to -8°C / compressed volume 4.6L.

Sleepbag Liner- Sea to Summit thermolite extreme liner: 390 gram/ +10°C heath *winteraddon

Stove -army stove, fire dragon multifuel : 125 gram.

Fuel-Esbit zipcubes 4 gr x20 or bio zib cubes or alcohol, anything you can use to make a fire :D

Waterfilter - Careplus sawyer mini : 80 gr.

Cooking pot and plate and for - Sea to summit alpha pot:  230 gram.

Insulated pants -  Hagloffs Barrier Pant: 400gram (for when its colder then 5°C a 10°C)

Insulated jacket -Patagonia down bodywarmer : 270 gram

Rainjacket - Montane Minimus : 190 gram / watercolumn: 20 000m

Thermal Leggings - Icebreaker merino 260/200/170 

Therman longsleeve -Icebreaker merino 260

Pants - Hagloffs rugged mountainpants 

Short pants - short 

TShirts Icebreaker merino

Underpants - Icebreaker merino

Socks - icebreaker and scottisch no blister socks

Gloves -

2 Buff's - 

Cap - 

Sunglasses -

Solarpanel and Powerbank -

EHBO & Teeth & Wash

Emergancy Blanket

Cellphone 

Nikon Z6 with 24-200mm lens

Gitzo mountaineer tripod & Nodal slide

Food & Water

Ossprey dry bags



The backpack  

40 L pack might look small at first sight. But This is the road to minimalist, lightweight hiking. I worked towards this in the last years. This is not a theoretic guide, I have tried , tested it all in the field. It works-aaaye. Last time I did a 3 day hike in the Pyrenees with this setup.  Funny thing is, one of the first multidaytrips I done, was also in the Pyrenees, then I started with a 80L pack :D So from 80L to 40L, this is the story..


First off all, Im not a fan of hanging things on the outside of my pack. The only thing I hang there is my tripod. As I like taking low light photo's, long exposures, focus stacks, A tripod is kind off still neccesary to drag along (gitzo mountaineer 1700 gram). So I put all my stuff, inside my pack. Incase I'm in a situation where I need to pack more food, then I can start hanging things outside, starting with cooking pot and fire stove. If I need to hang more outside, id eighter chose for my tent or sleeppad to hang on my pack. But that is only in rare case when I need like food for 5 or seven days. 


Food I use plain pasta, hydrated adventure food packs, energy bars and sandwiches.
Water I take with careplus waterfilter and I carry like 1.5L max, when I know there wont be any water sources. When I know im walking  basically the entire road along a river, then I don't pack any water and just take when i need. If you are a beginner, chosing such hike paths is really good. Then you don't need to be very carefull for you water... Dragging no or minimum water along, is great for weight, but you do need to know where you'll find water... It can always happen that things are different in real life then when you scouted or prepared your trip. 


This is how I pack my backpack:

I put my tent, sleeppad and sleepbag in a 20L drybag.This goes in the bottom of my backpack. Next to that I also put my cooking pot. When I stop to take something, its the bottom of my pack that will be hitting the floor each time. On top of that I put some food and clothes ( 3 pair socks, one tshirt, 3 underpants, thermal longsleeve, thermal legging). Then we arrive at the top of my sack where I place  my Nikon Z6 camera+24-200mm lens wich is inside a ICU pocket, that protects it from shocks and dirt, two spare batteries can fit in there and a lenscloth. Next to this is my mid insulation layer, down jacket and or raincoat if its not raining, sunglasses, ehbo pocket and a longsleeve if im walking in t shirt. 


The rest of my food goes in the front pocket


My water goes in the side pockets in bottles of 0.5L. 


If  I need more place for food, I can start hanging things at the bottom of my pack or on it. 

I do not take much clothes with me. I do not take two sweaters and two pants for if one is dirty or wet...  when it starts to rain, I put on my vest and my sweater stays dry and I make sure im not dressed to hot so I don't sweat. Layer system you know... The only clothes I have with me is:

Rugged hike pants, lightweight short, thermal legging (and for snow, insulated down pants, that is then instead of the rugged hike pants, down pants needed for when its around less then 5°C, then a thermal legging+hikepants is just too cold. So I have my hike pants where I walk in and a short and a legging for more heath.

One spare t shirt, one thermal longsleeve, one technical sweater with hood, insulated down bodywarmer, raincoat. 

3 pair of spare socks, 2 spare underpants.

Because all the clothes are lightweight and very small pack size, this does not take much space.







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