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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.

The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia

By Michael Martin on April 30, 2014 in Places » Featured Routes
Just a stones throw form the DC metropolitan area, the Massanutten Trail offers outstanding views and challenges for new and experienced backpackers alike.

An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing

By Yvon Chouinard on April 22, 2014 in Trends » Trend Reports
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard

Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo

By Sean McDevitt on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

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

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.

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