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Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

By Ryan Jordan on July 15, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance.

Delmar's Poll

By Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell on July 08, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences.

The Yellowstone Paddling Dilemma

By Chase Jordan on July 01, 2014 in Trends » Commentary
Hand Propelled Vessels are banned in Yellowstone National Park. This is in direct violation of the Park's founding principles. Not only should HPVs be allowed on Yellowstone's waterways but their presence will improve the health of the ecosystem.

Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa

By Ryan Jordan on June 17, 2014 in People » Interviews
Taking an ultralight mindset to Africa requires an adjustment, but the lessons learned and the experiences had in Africa are rarely matched.

Yosemite Adventures

By Matt Johanson on June 10, 2014 in Places » Featured Routes
Yosemite is a wild place and has incredible wilderness opportunities for hikers, climbers, and skiers.

Pick Up Your Feet

By Ben Montgomery (with Eric Vann) on June 03, 2014 in People » Biographies
Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo-thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Her journey saved the trail and her legacy continues to shape the ultralight backpacking movement.

Deejo UL Knives

By Roger Caffin on May 27, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price.

Rambling the High Sierra

By Ryan Jordan on May 20, 2014 in Places » Photo Essays
There are so many ways to navigate through the Sierras - why not try them all?

Jiva Coffee Cubes

By Roger Caffin on May 13, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making.

100 Mile Wilderness

By Matt Heid on May 06, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
The 100 mile wilderness is vast - and challenging. Thru-hikers often complete the whole traverse in a few days, but slowing down will offer spectacular views and an even more memorable experience.

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