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M Martin Titanium Knife

27 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on August 12, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Weighing about the equivalent of half an ounce (16 M&M's) this knife has a 2.75 inch blade that easily guts fish and small game. Better yet it self-sharpens.

Cinnamon Monkey Bread

6 New Comments This Week
By Ken Larson on August 19, 2014 in People » Profiles
The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat.

The Greatest Trip That Never Happened

4 New Comments This Week
By Scott Morris on August 12, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable.

M Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

2 New Comments This Week
By Matthew Morrissey on July 30, 2014 in Technology » Research Reviews
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 13

1 New Comments This Week
By Damien and Renee Tougas on August 19, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

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M Martin Titanium Knife

43 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on August 12, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Weighing about the equivalent of half an ounce (16 M&M's) this knife has a 2.75 inch blade that easily guts fish and small game. Better yet it self-sharpens.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

37 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 MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions

22 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on July 30, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear.

M Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

9 New Comments This Month
By Matthew Morrissey on July 30, 2014 in Technology » Research Reviews
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

Cinnamon Monkey Bread

6 New Comments This Month
By Ken Larson on August 19, 2014 in People » Profiles
The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat.

The Greatest Trip That Never Happened

5 New Comments This Month
By Scott Morris on August 12, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable.

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)

5 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on August 05, 2014 in Places » Photo Essays
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3

4 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.

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

4 New Comments This Month
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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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

233 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

116 Comments
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?