ultralight backpacking and hiking

By Kenneth Shaw | Ultralight hiking and photography from www.ultralightancomfortable.com among other sites

New (old) webshop on the way..

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve last updated this site.. I had some plans about putting up pictures and trip report for my Sarek trip, but …

How running has changed my backpacking

Last year I made a 7 day trip through Iceland, north to south through some incredible countryside and even meeting up and joining the Laugavegur …

Fitness

High coast hike 2017

I joined up with a friend who was hiking the high coast hike 2017 in northern Sweden. This is just a quick video of the days I spent along the hike. …

Travel

Full packing list and route Sarek 2017

It’s finally here.. my summer journey through Sarek national park in Northern Sweden. I will be leaving from my apartment here in Umeå at 06.30 in …

Sony Cyber-shot

My camera gear for Sarek 2017

I find that I absolutely love video diaries of backpacking.. I have been following and watching them for years on YouTube, but I never really got …

Day 4: Final impressions and gear Outdoor show Friedrichshafen 2017

I really enjoyed my time at the german trade show, got to meet a lot of nice people and talked with a lot of representatives from many different …

Day 3: Outdoor show in Friedrichshafen

<i>The Wisp 1 in silnylon by Big sky products, weighing in at 500 grams. A great little tent that cost around $220. Easy to setup and big enough for</i> …

Day 2: The outdoor show in Friedrichshafen

So much gear, so little time. It’s the ultimate orgy for gear lovers! Again, I did my best to walk around, be slightly social and take some shots of …

Day 1: Outdoor Show 2017 Friedrichshafen

It’s hard to put into words just how massive the Friedrichshafen event really is. It is quite simply the epicenter of outdoor gear and trade here in …

Gear review: Fizan compact trekking poles

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative from Massdrop on writing a review for one of their upcoming massdrops. For those of you not …

Lessons from my first marathon

I did it, it hurt, at times it sucked, and times it was glorious. It was a hell of a lot harder than I expected, and definitely more emotional than I …

Gear suggestions for kids

I’m not a really big fan of owning a lot of gear. For the most part I try to keep my backpacking life simplistic for many reasons, though for the …

My favorite backpacking cameras

Through the years I have used many cameras on the trail, and several of them I have written reviews on. I thought for fun I would include a few …

Gear review: Hilleberg Enan

A few years back my first gear review I ever did on this site was a review of the Hilleberg Akto. I liked the tent but found it had too many faults …

Gear review: Jetboil TI Sol

I have owned the Jetboil TI Sol for almost 3 years now, so this has to be the slowest gear review in the history of gear blogging. I’m not sure if I …

Nikon

Starting your backpacking life

I have a friend who is starting to get interested in backpacking, we went on a short trip last year and had a great time despite the fact that we …

Camping

When doubt takes over

Yesterday I ran 26 kilometers during a competition called the Lidingö Ultra. It was both a 26 and 50k competition. I was complete garbage during this …

Self-confidence

Phase 2: The minimalist experiment

Almost a year later from when I started my minimalist journey and I find myself gravitating to a more zen like discipline in my daily life. I want …

Sweden

Leave no trace – The living experiment

I have been thinking about something a lot lately. The idea for me started when I got a comment on my book “ultralight and comfortable” about the …

Minimalism

My training and progression in running

I just ran my first half marathon, my body and feet are still sore and my stomach now full from my first real meal in 7 hours. I certainly didn’t …

Ultramarathons

Gear Review: Merrell all out terra trail shoes

After my Iceland trip last year I realized it was time to buy new shoes as I had started using tape to keep my Haglöfs together. I’m not a big buyer …

Shoes

Finding purpose

I’m going to write about something different here. Something that I hope will help you on your journey to become not only a minimalist, but even a …

Happiness

A little secret

I’m going to fill you in on a little secret, something that has been in progress for sometime and only now am I starting to accept it. It all started …

Plant-Based Diet

Snowy arctic paradise and gear failure hell

I felt the warmth on my face as the afternoon sun crept through the mountain ridges, my body hot from from the layers of winter clothing and the …

Skiing

Everest 2017: Looking Back Before We Look Forward

The 2017 spring climbing season on Everest is about a month from getting underway at this point. The first teams will begin arriving in Kathmandu …

Outdoors

Potato bark – Trail food magic

Bark is more awesome than it actually sounds. It’s the yen to trail food yang. It’s what separates the gourmet backpacking geniuses from the top …

Recipes

The UL Jacket – Essential gear for any backpacker

I once wrote an article a long time ago about the ultralight wind jacket and how I felt it was the single most important piece of gear for any …

Jackets

Making Ghee

There are different reasons why one should want to make ghee. For me I use it both at home and on the trail. It holds alot better than butter does …

Recipes