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Cookware: Why not Copper instead of Titanium, Aluminium or Stainless Steel?

Copper is about the same density as stainless. It is relatively toxic so is always coated for cooking. Copper and copper compounds are used for sea water boat hulls because it kills or repels ...
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What is Fast Packing?

Fastpacking is lightweight or ultralight mountain travel with the aim of covering big distances over extended trips. Base weights would typically range between 8lbs-15lbs (3.5-7kg) or even less, so ...
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Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?

I wouldn't buy an ultralight tent if you're going to put the tent through severe trauma or require significant space (e.g. to use chairs inside). I do think the main difference in buying is cultural; ...
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Cookware: Why not Copper instead of Titanium, Aluminium or Stainless Steel?

Copper cookware IS used for cooking (at least, in the mediterranean culture I am native to). For people familiar with this, it is considered obvious that: It is not lightweight at any rate. The ...
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Is using ultralight gear possible without sacrificing safety, comfort, or skills?

That's one gigantic backpack! Let's look at it item by item: Tent: Your hillberg is pretty light by several standards, but indeed far from ultralight. Of course the Big agnes is lighter, and there ...
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Is using ultralight gear possible without sacrificing safety, comfort, or skills?

In general the more stuff you have the more comfortable you can make yourself when you aren't hiking, but the less comfortable you'll be when you are hiking. This is the crux of the balancing act. ...
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Protein-intake on extended minimal-weight treks

I do a lot of strength training when not backpacking, and try to keep my protein up around ~140 grams per day, on average. I asked a related question over on the fitness.stackexchange.com site, and at ...
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How to carry fat, greasy foods like tahini sauce and peanut butter?

Your best bet is going to be small mylar pouches (any other thick plastic you can get your hands on will probably work just as well). They hold up much better than flimsy freezer bags and have a thick ...
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Looking for lightweight backpacking tent suggestions

Okay, I've made enough suggestions in the comments I figured I'd better summarize them in an "answer." It's not fully what you asked for; this is more of a summary of all the "almost ...
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When is it too cold for Tarping?

I would say it's not a question of too cold, tents don't add that much warmth. Tarps and a shovel can make some very nice shelters in the snow. The real limitation is blowing snow/rain and the wind ...
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Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?

I have bought the Copper Spur 3 and slept in it now on a cottage lawn and on a backcountry campsite. The advantages (lightweight, easy to set up) are real. There are some disadvantages that I have not ...
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For multi-day trips on a road bike - What is the most efficient bike pack set up?

I did something very similar last year, solo. In fact, this is my camping spot on the banks of Loch Lomond, the last night of the trip. Here's some detail on my tarp setup, using the bike as a pole (...
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Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?

If you want a tent that has value for money, don't buy lightweight. If you want a tent that is going to stay waterproof for years and years, don't buy lightweight. If you want a tent that isn't ...
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How to make a fully-enclosed tarp setup with a 1.4 x 2.4 meter tarp, for one person?

Your most practical solution would seem to be a wing shelter. For the most part, you simply need your tarp, a tree, sticks and rope. The pdf I attached recommends making it 5 feet tall, but you could ...
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ultralight backpacking in snow and preparing for wet gear

When you start packing lighter, usually it comes with smaller margins of error. It seems that it is typically your case here. Basically, the first thing is to be more careful. It is a habit to take. ...
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Protein-intake on extended minimal-weight treks

I don't understand why you're so centric around protein. There are protein bars, some of which contain over 20g of protein. There are also freeze dried meats which is actually more protein dense(...
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How durable is cuben fiber in real, practical use?

Cuben fiber is not as durable as some other materials used in the construction of backpacking gear. In backpacking lighter often means less durable which is generally true for cuben fiber as well. A ...
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Is an emergency blanket effective as a ground sheet?

Yes, you can use an emergency blanket as a substitute for most of a tarp's uses, but as you suspect it's not going to be as durable. The Mylar that they're made of is surprisingly tough and I doubt ...
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Why shouldn't I buy an ultra light tent?

I have three tents, including an ultralight Big Agnes Fly Creek 2. The others are dome tents, including a Eureka Tetragon 2 and a Big Agnes four man tent. The Fly Creek is extremely light, but I ...
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Light-weight emergency overnight-gear

I would use a simple emergency bivy bag, a butt-pad (short sleeping pad) (thermarest, exped), some extra socks, buff and then you can sleep in all your clothes on the pad in this bag. this should work ...
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What are some alternatives to drilling holes in a toothbrush?

I'd cut my brush shorter long before I'd take the time to try drilling it. But If I was serious about going ultra light, I wouldn't pack a normal/modified toothbrush at all, I'd take a finger brush, ...
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Is an emergency blanket effective as a ground sheet?

You can in a pinch, but not what it is made for. Won't last very long at all and will make a ton of noise. Get a piece of Tyvek and cut it to size. Cheap, light and durable. Can't beat it.
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How to carry fat, greasy foods like tahini sauce and peanut butter?

Try Coghlan's Squeeze Tubes (available from REI) The base of the tube opens up so it's easy to fill and then closes securely. It's easy to squeeze the contents into your mouth, or on to crackers or ...
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How to carry fat, greasy foods like tahini sauce and peanut butter?

Out of some wonder, the peanut butter in our area comes in plastic jars, meaning that it is lighter than a normal jar. I save these plastic jars during the year and use them later on hikes. Also, in ...
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How to carry fat, greasy foods like tahini sauce and peanut butter?

I would probably use a small tupperware or similar, something like this. You can also get ones where the lid clips down which are probably more secure. If you are concerned about it leaking/coming ...
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How to make a fully-enclosed tarp setup with a 1.4 x 2.4 meter tarp, for one person?

OK, I finally tried the setup inspired by this site, which can be fully closed by pegging the sides closer to the middle, and pegging it directly on the ground on the opposite side of the entrance. ...
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Comparing 2-person, three-season backpacking tents

Tenting with two people always comes down to a few items. How easy is it to get in/out? Is there enough room to fit both people and gear? How much does this thing weigh? Can we afford it? You've ...
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