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M Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

By Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author on May 27, 2015 in Places » Featured Routes
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 17

By Jonathan Davis on May 27, 2015 in Trends »
News this week: Rising Arctic Temperatures, California’s El Nino, Yellowstone Rangers Save a Man’s Life, Turn a Low-Cost Tent into a Great Tent, and Much More.

Flash Reviews No. 7

By Jonathan Davis on May 19, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus.

M Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review

By Roger Caffin on May 19, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 16

By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann on May 12, 2015 in Trends » Media Reviews
News this week: Get a look inside the 2015 Everest Climbing Season, Have Some Tea After Completing the Mt. Huashan Trail, Get to Know Author Frederick H. Swanson, and Much More!

M What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills

By James Long on May 12, 2015 in Trends » Commentary
Preppers, Primitive Skills, the Military, and Hunters are all groups of people that have learned to thrive outdoors in their own way. Backpackers can take lessons from these other groups to make them more successful.

M Layering for Beginners

By David Chenault on May 05, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques
Layering can be the difference between misery and joy when facing inclement conditions in the outdoors.

Flash Reviews No. 6

By Jonathan Davis on May 05, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 6: Fenix HL23 Headlamp, MSR Windboiler Stove, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15

By Jonathan Davis on April 29, 2015 in Trends » Commentary
News this week: Mt. Everest Avalanche Adds to Tragedy in Nepal, The U.S. Outdoor Act of 2015, Take a Trip Through the North York Moors, Craig Weiland Discovers a New Diatom, and much more!

M Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent

By Jeremy Hankinson on April 28, 2015 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own tent will challenge your ingenuity, but it gives you total control over your shelter. The process can be simplified with this step-by-step guide for making your own lightweight tent.

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