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OFG Video: Ultralight Hiking

OPB | March 7, 2012 4 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 12:59 a.m.

Clint “Lint” Bunting came to backpacking late in life, but once he took to it he went “all in.”

Lint has hiked over 14,000 miles, including all of the big American thru hikes: the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Ice Age Trail and the Continental Divide Trail — some of them twice! What’s more, he now hikes for weeks at a time with an 8-pound pack, significantly less than the 40-50 pounds many backpackers typically carry. For Lint, sawing the end off a toothbrush, using the sticks around him as tent poles and hiking without a water purifier are all part of making his pack light — and his trip more enjoyable.

Oregon Field Guide hiked with Lint up a trail on Silver Star Mountain, near Vancouver, Washington, to learn about his unique philosophy and the practice of ultralight backpacking.

Back in the OPB offices, some of Oregon Field Guide‘s producers share a few things they could never ditch from their backpacks.

Executive Producer and Host Steve Amen can’t imagine leaving for the outdoors without taking his small still camera. But for Producer Ed Jahn, it’s more about games. “I always bring Farkle… a 5-dice game that also goes by the name ‘10,000.’ “

Producer Vince Patton could never part with the essentials. “I just know I can’t go without eating utensils. I just can’t see pre-chewing my food before cooking it the way the fellow in that story does!”

What are your “must haves” for your backpacking adventures? Tell us below.

This article includes contributions from Oregon Field Guide’s Ed Jahn. This story originally aired March 1st on Oregon Field Guide.

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