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M Rescue Insurance for Backpackers

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By Rex Sanders on January 07, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
Rescue Insurance can be the difference between hefty bills and peace of mind. In either case getting rescued is the main priority, but your most expensive bill might surprise you.

M Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 3: Performance of Inverted Canister and White Gas Stoves For Boiling Water and Melting Snow at Subzero (F) Temperatures

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By Ryan Jordan on December 31, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

2013 Staff Picks

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By BackpackingLight.com Staff on December 27, 2013 in Gear » Staff Picks
As we close out the year, take a minute and see which gear our staff uses often.

M Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics

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By Ryan Jordan on December 21, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Episode 2 of "Learn to Packraft!" provides an overview of stillwater packrafting gear and techniques.

2013 Photo Contest Winners!

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By BPL Staff on December 10, 2013 in Places » Photo Essays
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience.

M New England Traverse: Discovering a Wilderness Route

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By John Fox on December 10, 2013 in Places » Trip Reports
It's rare to find a remote route when trying to traverse New England. Worse yet, at the current rate this will only get worse. This could be remedied with greater conservation efforts in the region in an effort to preserve this beautiful land.

M Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Exploring the Effects of Cold Temperatures, Canister Inversion, Snow Melting, and Heat Exchanger Systems

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By Ryan Jordan on December 04, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers

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By Kevin Sawchuk on December 03, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques
The winter can make popular locations your personal sanctuary; however avalanche safety and preparation are crucial to enjoying the pristine conditions.

M Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1

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By Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin on November 26, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
A preview of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire.

Snags with Tags

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By Sydney Aveson on November 26, 2013 in Trends » Trend Reports
Curious on whether or not tags add significant weight to your gear? Well they don't! And there are far better ways to cut down on your gear weight!

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