Lightweight backpacking or ultralight backpacking certainly enable you to travel more miles in a day. I can easily go farther in my running shoes, with my fifteen-pound pack on, than I could with heavy hiking boots and a forty-pound pack. That isn’t all, though. Going light also means more comfort, more freedom and even more safety.
Disadvantages Of Traditional Backpacking
Less freedom. It isn’t easy to take a side trip up that hill, just to see what’s there. Do it without your pack, and you have to go back the same way to get your pack.
More tiring. It’s clearly more tiring with a heavy pack, and you probably won’t enjoy yourself as much when you are tired.
More Injuries. Blistered feet, sprained ankles, sore muscles, and back and knee problems are just some of the common consequences of too much weight on your back.
More hassle. Removing and putting on a heavy pack quickly becomes a chore. Some backpackers start to leave it on during rest stops, just so they don’t have to deal with it.
Slower. Weight equals slower progress, meaning less access to wild places, since you can’t go as far on a...