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M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

16 New Comments This Week
By David Chenault on January 28, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques
Much like the ultralight backpacking movement, ultralight hunting is beginning to grow in popularity due to gear innovation as hunters look for a more holistic hunting experience. As new gear begins to push the envelope, we turn our discussion to a what is the definition of 'ultralight hunting'?

M Walking in Nepal

6 New Comments This Week
By Scott Morris on January 14, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty.

Flash Reviews No. 4

4 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on January 20, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch.

2014 Staff Picks

3 New Comments This Week
By BackpackingLight.com Staff on January 01, 2015 in Gear » Staff Picks
Backpacking Light's staff is some of the most passionate backpackers around. Take a look at the ultralight gear we use and treasure.

M Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Review

2 New Comments This Week
By Brad Groves on March 05, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
Mainstream manufacturers are catching on, and competition in the ~2lb tent range is fierce. The SuperMegaUL2 is a brilliant addition to this growing field.

Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages

1 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on November 19, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques
Single serving packages can simplify shopping, packaging, and preparation of meals.

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2014 Staff Picks

118 New Comments This Month
By BackpackingLight.com Staff on January 01, 2015 in Gear » Staff Picks
Backpacking Light's staff is some of the most passionate backpackers around. Take a look at the ultralight gear we use and treasure.

Flash Reviews No. 4

25 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on January 20, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch.

M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

16 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on January 28, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques
Much like the ultralight backpacking movement, ultralight hunting is beginning to grow in popularity due to gear innovation as hunters look for a more holistic hunting experience. As new gear begins to push the envelope, we turn our discussion to a what is the definition of 'ultralight hunting'?

M Walking in Nepal

8 New Comments This Month
By Scott Morris on January 14, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty.

Exped Aries Mesh Review

7 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on April 24, 2012 in Gear » Reviews
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews

M Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 3: Model Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Snow Camping

3 New Comments This Month
By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl on April 04, 2007 in Techniques » Techniques
Based on our research and testing, we recommend lightweight footwear systems for specific conditions and activities. In addition, our Backpacking Light staffers describe their favorite systems, and two ultralight nomads – Andrew Skurka and Chris Townsend – share their wisdom.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 7

2 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on January 07, 2015 in Trends » Media Reviews
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

M Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Review

2 New Comments This Month
By Brad Groves on March 05, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
Mainstream manufacturers are catching on, and competition in the ~2lb tent range is fierce. The SuperMegaUL2 is a brilliant addition to this growing field.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8

2 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on January 20, 2015 in Trends » Media Reviews
Outdoor news: stories, gear, trips, and more!

M Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review

2 New Comments This Month
By Dave Chenault (photos by Meredith Chenault) on December 24, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
The Rab Vapour-rise Light Alpine is an extremely well designed windshirt, but when compared with other similar weighted windshirts the value is tough to see. However when compared with other soft shells it quickly becomes irreplaceable.

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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

167 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.

2014 Staff Picks

118 Comments
By BackpackingLight.com Staff on January 01, 2015 in Gear » Staff Picks
Backpacking Light's staff is some of the most passionate backpackers around. Take a look at the ultralight gear we use and treasure.