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Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

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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

5 New Comments This Week
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.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

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By Darin Banner on July 22, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

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By Ryan Jordan on July 22, 2014 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling.

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Delmar's Poll

51 New Comments This Month
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.

M Still My Favorite Cook Kit

40 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on June 24, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
An Esbit cook system is very lightweight, fuel efficient, and ideal for warm-weather, solo cooking.

Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

13 New Comments This Month
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.

M The Timberline Trail

7 New Comments This Month
By David Pex on June 24, 2014 in Places » Featured Routes
Similar to its cousin, the Wonderland Trail which circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, the Timberline Trail traces the shadow of Mt. Hood and makes for a spectacular journey.

M Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker

6 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on July 01, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
Canyoneering is challenging as it offers an opportunity to tackle a variety of terrain using new gear. Combining canyoneering with backpacking is a recipe for a legendary trip.

Deejo UL Knives

5 New Comments This Month
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.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

5 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on July 22, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

M How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel

5 New Comments This Month
By Brock Delinski on July 08, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10

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By Damien and Renee Tougas on July 08, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3

3 New Comments This Month
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.

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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

229 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

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

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!

137 Comments
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?

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

M How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags

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By Ari Jutkowitz VMD, DACVECC on April 10, 2013 in Technology » Test Reports
How do supposedly "odor proof" plastic bags for backpacking hold up to the keen nose of a Police K9?