Hope they help some of you, and they wont all be "buy really expensive stuff".
Step 1: Split It Up:
Step 2: Hammocks:
Step 3: Leave It Home:
Step 4: Lighten Up Your Cooking Gear.
The first thing you can do to help lighten your cooking gear, is to minimize what you bring. If you can, only bring one pot, unless your food requires more.
Bringing only a spoon as a utensil is another thing you can do. At Philmont, that's all we needed to eat with. less to carry, less to clean.
The next is to get lighter cookware, ie; converting to aluminum or titanium pots, lexan or titanium utensils, et. etc. Cast iron = NO.
( I know, Titanium this, Titanium that, blah blah blah titanium)
A lighter-weight stove can help. you can make a lightweight alchohol stove, or even use an open fire. (depending on availibility of wood, and the regulations of where you are hiking)
Step 5: Lighten Your Food.
Food is heavy. that's a fact. however, it doesn't always have to be. If you'll be in an area where you can easily get water, freeze-dried meals are a good option.I absolutely despise those mountain house meals, however. Some people swear by them, it's really up to you. I buy freeze-dried ingredients in bulk, then mix up my own meals from them.
Take minimal cans. Not to say you cant take a can or two, just remember that they are heavy, and you have to carry them out. (LEAVE NO TRACE!!!!!)
for good recipes on backpacking food you can make at home, try:
Note: These pictures are definitely NOT lightweight backpacking food. this is just how we roll :) The beans were pretty good though.
Step 6: Clothing
Consider re-wearing your clothes. I hiked the Philmont Scout ranch this year, and for an 11-day hike, I only took 2 pairs of clothes (one of which I was wearing), plus one pair for sleeping in. Socks, however, are one thing that I feel you should never skimp out on, although i have seen guys only bring 2 pairs of socks, and just switch out.
Wool, albeit heavy, is a good option.
For reducing weight, synthetics are a great option, but can be expensive. Our crew had synthetic wicking t-shirts, and they are amazing to have. Easy to wash, don't hold a smell to badly, and dry super fast. (we only got showers once while on the trail).
Step 7: Extreme Lightening.
Step 8: Suggestions?
Feel free to comment or message me suggestions for further pack lightening. In no way does this comprise all of my backpacking knowledge. (which is still plenty inferior to many other people's knowledge.) This just covers some of the basic things. I am always open to reasonable suggestions. If I get anything good enough, I'll edit the instructable to include it, and of course give credit to whom it came from.