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Sleeping pads for ultralight backpackers - al fresco

 

Ultralight backpackers want to give up weight, not comfort. Sleeping pads are cute much a must for backpacking comfort, but who wants to carry those atrocious old inflatables down the trail? Try some of these insubstantial options instead.

You can make four-ounce sleeping pads - then from time to time carry two of them. Start with the plain blue closed-cell foam pads accessible from any backpacking supplier. These are made bigger than necessary, by and large 24 by 72 inches. You can just cut them down to a four-ounce size.

It's critical that it reaches from your shoulders to your hips, so cut it to that length. Cut the width a diminutive at a time, difficult for comfort as you go. You want the pad as small as you can make it, while still big adequate to cut off your torso from the ground. Your head can be on a bolster of spare clothes, and your legs on your empty pack to isolate them.

Sleeping Pads For Ultralight Fanatics

If you want it especially light, cut pieces out of the pad. Half-inch holes in the pad don't seem to make it less comfortable. Cut out a hundred hardly pieces of foam, and you get to save an ounce and join the ranks of the besotted ultralight backpackers.

To be comfortable with a thin pad, or none at all, try sleeping where the base is soft. You can also pile up trees or dry grass to sleep on. Delight do this only where it won't harm the enviroment, and scatter the trees in the break of day so they won't kill the plants they're on. With fifteen notes of work each night collecting materials, you can leave the sleeping pad home and be more comfortable. A thick pile of dried grass - now that's a nice camping mattress.

More Comfortable Sleeping Pads

Do you need more cushioning? Hot-air balloon sleeping pads are no longer out of the ask for frivolous backpacking. REI's Big Agnes Air Core Pad is a 3/4 distance end to end pad that weighs just 16 ounces and is an incredible 2 1/2" thick! I haven't tried this one yet, so if you've slept with Big Agnes, let me know how she is.

There are also a number of self-inflating sleeping pads that are fairly light. My old Thermarest is in point of fact only 21 ounces, but both Thermarest and others now have self-inflating sleeping pads that are under a pound. Now that's inconsequential backpacking comfort!

Steve Gillman is a long-time advocate of inconsequential backpacking. His tips, photos and stories can be found at The Ultralight Backpacking Site: http://www. The-Ultralight-Site. com


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