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Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

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By Ryan Jordan on March 11, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments!

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

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By Georgieann Lilgreen on February 12, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home.

Thru Running New York’s Long Path

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By Kenneth Posner on February 05, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
New York's long path is a gem - nestled in the middle of a sprawling metropolis, this path cuts through the city taking you northward to the peaceful woods.

Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay

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By Ryan Connelly (Photos by Emily Beers) on January 28, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
The ultralight boot camp is exactly like it sounds; it prepares you to meet unexpected challenges in the wilderness. Plus it's a lot of fun and the scenery is stunning.

Beyond Our Boundaries: The Story of a Family of Five Thru-Hiking the AT in 2014

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By Ryan Jordan and Damien Tougas on January 08, 2014 in People » Interviews
Thru-hiking with your family is a logistical and financial challenge, but if you are looking to become closer or want to have an adventure, look no further!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Backpacking Light 2013 Photo Contest - Part 1, Information for Entrants

By BackpackingLight.com Staff on November 19, 2013 in Places » Photo Essays
Submit your best shots from 2013!

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