Walking into the wilderness with a pack on your back is an empowering experience even more so when that pack you're carrying isn't weighing you down. Lighten Up! shows you how to pack light without sacrificing the essentials or your safety. Featuring solid advice and trail tested tricks from outdoors expert Don Ladigin and more than 150 humorous and helpful illustrations by the incomparable Mike Clelland, Lighten Up! is the ultimate guide for beginners and old hands alike. Make it a staple of your lightweight backpack. Don Ladigin has been hiking for more than twenty five years and has taught the Ultralight Backpacking class at the University of Oregon since its inception in 2000.Mike Clelland is a NOLS instructor and illustrator who studied Mad magazine rather than go to art school. He has numerous books with his name on them, including Allen Mike's Telemark Tips and Allen Mike's Really Cool Backpackin' Book.