Ray Jardine's update to "Beyond Backpacking" - "Trail Life" is now in the SHOP.
Where "Beyond Backpacking", Jardine's second iteration of the lightweight backpacking topic, was thought to be tainted with a few speculative claims that sent his credibility sailing with a few among the lightweight backpacking community, it was an important work nonetheless for popularizing the lightweight philosophy to a wider audience and inspiring so many of us to try his crazy ideas - most of which, I have to say, work fabulously. "Trail Life", the newest iteration, provides a more honest assessment of lightweight backpacking techniques and thus has the potential to be an even bigger hit with his fans, as well as bringing in new ones who come to endorse the "Ray-Way".
This is a big (10" x 10"), beautiful, full-color book, and certainly worthy of a spot on your shelf. I'm really enjoying reading it, and watching Jardine's style of practicing, and writing about, lightweight backpacking evolve over time. He even has good things to say about free standing dome tents :)
Check it out!