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M John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies

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By Chase Jordan on June 30, 2015 in People » Historical & Documentary
An historical comparison of the philosophies of two of the leading pioneers of conservation and the wilderness regions they helped create.

M Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

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By David Chenault on June 23, 2015 in Places » Featured Routes
Backpacking in the west can be physically challenging and logistically belittling to the uninitiated however don't let that stop you! The rewards of this exploration are worth the hardship.

Flash Reviews No. 10

1 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis and Ryan Jordan on June 30, 2015 in Gear »
Flash Reviews No. 10: La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, Nalgene Flask

Flash Reviews No. 9

1 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis on June 17, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 9: MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, Thrunite Ti-3.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19

1 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis on June 23, 2015 in Trends »
News this week: Get a look at the Tahoe Rim Trail, a stove shootout, meet the founder of Soul RIver Runs Wild, and more.

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M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

46 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on February 18, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very inexpensive yet lightweight and effective stove. Works great for small-group, overnight cooking.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18

16 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on June 13, 2015 in Trends »
News This Week: Wrangell Alaska is left high and dry, a backpacker survives fifty meter fall, spend the day trekking Tahoma, a Camp Chef Stove that weighs 8.3 ounces, and much more.

Flash Reviews No. 9

13 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis on June 17, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 9: MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, Thrunite Ti-3.

M Walking Still in the Desert

8 New Comments This Month
By Drew Smith on June 02, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
A place of stillness and calm, the desert can be a harsh, dry environment but for many it is a haven for contemplation and peace.

M Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

7 New Comments This Month
By Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author on May 27, 2015 in Places » Featured Routes
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land.

BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference

6 New Comments This Month
By Don Wilson on November 11, 2008 in Trends » Commentary
The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light!

M Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

6 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on June 23, 2015 in Places » Featured Routes
Backpacking in the west can be physically challenging and logistically belittling to the uninitiated however don't let that stop you! The rewards of this exploration are worth the hardship.

M Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

6 New Comments This Month
By Mina Loomis on June 09, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
A challenging yet rewarding trip exposes these youth to the joys of backpacking and kindles their love of the outdoors.

M John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies

3 New Comments This Month
By Chase Jordan on June 30, 2015 in People » Historical & Documentary
An historical comparison of the philosophies of two of the leading pioneers of conservation and the wilderness regions they helped create.

Flash Reviews No. 8

2 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on June 07, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 8: Paleo Meals To Go, Good Wipes, and Lite Trail NyloPro Bags.

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Ultralight Tip of the Week

431 Comments
By Mike Clelland! on January 13, 2012 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

M Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems

270 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on December 27, 2011 in Trends » Commentary
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3

234 Comments
By Roger Caffin on July 16, 2013 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007.

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

174 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on January 24, 2012 in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

143 Comments
By Roger Caffin on February 18, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very inexpensive yet lightweight and effective stove. Works great for small-group, overnight cooking.

M Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 1: Definition and Pitching

142 Comments
By Roger Caffin on April 10, 2012 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
How tunnel tents work, why they can handle extreme weather, and how to pitch them under extreme conditions.

M Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort

141 Comments
By Roger Caffin on September 14, 2010 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
We survey lightweight internal frame packs with a maximum weight of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) and a volume generally in the range 50 L to 75 L.

M Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!

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By Jeremy Pendrey on December 15, 2009 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
As lightweight backpackers, we obsess over the weight of every piece of gear we carry, but many of us give little thought to the weight of the heaviest piece of gear of all: ourselves. How do we begin to treat our own weight with the same care that we treat the weight of our gear? By doing what we already do well: going light.

Podcast: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?

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By Carol Crooker on April 11, 2007 in Trends » Podcasts
Senior NOLS instructors discuss the major hurdles to NOLS going light and propose solutions.