Most of us associate the idea of backpacking solo as something a person does when he or she is seeking a renewed sense of self. Thinking about trekking endless miles through uninhabited terrain with only the items on your back and the thoughts in your head tends to lead us to feel both terror and absolute thrill. What freedom might we find when we escape the daily grind, breathe in fresh air, and process our never-ending thoughts?

Well, certain solo-backpackers such as Reese Witherspoon in ‘Wild’ and Emile Hirsche in ‘Into the Wild’ (who are a few of the reasons why we associate solo-backpacking with personal discovery) seemed to have the same idea.

Though both characters do find themselves  re-centered and with a new sense of self, their stories leave us heavy and with a knot in our stomachs. We think, “Maybe I’m not so cut out for solo-backpacking thing after all.”

At Outdoors Geek, we love solo-backpacking and greatly encourage our community to release their preconceived fears and experience the independence and freedom that can be found in the great outdoors. Though we agree that such lengthy periods spent alone can lead to lots of thinking time, we disagree that all solo-backpackers will have an emotionally challenging experience. So if you’re worried about safety or sitting with your thoughts, we would advise you to start with a shorter solo trip and talk to us about tips for staying entertained, safe, and more.

We also recommend that you go on the trail lighter – this way you will definitely enjoy yourself more! And guess what?! We have put together the best gear you can buy in this superlight backpacking rental kit!

Imagine a backpacking package that’s about 11 lbs! We have it for you at Outdoors Geek. This is truly a package of top notch gear that will lighten your load. And a lighter load matters big time even to the most experienced backpacker. It’s also important to know that even though this gear is super light, you are not sacrificing anything in quality and in many respects it is the best gear we carry. Superlight packages are 50% to 70% lighter than basic backpacking packages.

So don’t wait until you have a life crisis to take yourself backpacking into the woods – do it now!

Outdoors Geek is the home of rental camping gear. We bring fun and exciting outdoor experiences within your reach, with top quality gear from companies such as The North Face & Marmot. We are based in Denver, Colorado, but ship all our gear nationwide and you never pay for transit time. You actually get to pick the brand and style you need depending on the type of trip you are taking (based on availability). We are the only place on the planet where you can Rent it, Try it, or Buy it.

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