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M Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

7 New Comments This Week
By David Chenault on December 17, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease.

Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

5 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on December 10, 2014 in Gear » Gear Lists
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 20

1 New Comments This Week
By Damien and Renee Tougas on December 09, 2014
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

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By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl on March 21, 2007 in Techniques » Techniques
High-tech gear to keep your feet dry and warm is useless without the proper knowledge on how to use it, and that’s especially true for lightweight footwear in cold and wet conditions.

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Vertex Solid Fuel Stove Review

23 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on November 28, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
A solid fuel/alcohol stove that folds flat for storage and assembles into a rock-solid structure for stable cooking.

Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

23 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on December 10, 2014 in Gear » Gear Lists
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.

M Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

7 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on December 17, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 20

5 New Comments This Month
By Damien and Renee Tougas on December 09, 2014
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Berghaus Vapourlight Hypertherm FZ Jacket Review

4 New Comments This Month
By Will Rietveld on December 09, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
The Vapourlight Hypertherm Jacket is an incredibly versatile jacket which can be worn in reverse to accommodate multiple weather conditions. It is ideal for a hiker who wants to leverage one piece of gear.

M Clinker: A story of hardship and triumph on the AT

4 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on December 02, 2014 in People » Interviews
Cheryl McCormick at age 63 decides to conquer one of the most famous thru-hikes, the Appalachian Trail. Her story inspires us all and reminds us to chase our dreams.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 5

4 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann and Ryan Jordan on December 02, 2014 in Trends »
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows

3 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on October 01, 2014 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best.

Can I Cook in my Tent?

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By Roger Caffin on November 11, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
Cooking in a tent has revolved around a stigma of gear destruction and personal harm. Cooking in a tent is not that dangerous and being responsible and aware of the hazards allows for safe cooking in a tent.

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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.

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?