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Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 21

10 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis on July 21, 2015
Teenaged expeditioners + news, gear, and stories.

M Little Red Wagon GEO: Craft Coffee for Backpackers (Review)

4 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on July 21, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted artisan coffee.

M Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail

1 New Comments This Week
By Tucker Ballister on July 07, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
These lessons are aimed at beginners and are based on experiences while hiking the JMT. They are adaptable to any hiking setting and can certainly make the trip more enjoyable.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

1 New Comments This Week
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.

Flash Reviews No. 10

1 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis and Ryan Jordan on July 02, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 10: La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, Nalgene Flask

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Flash Reviews No. 11

20 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on July 14, 2015 in Gear »
Flash Reviews No. 11: Potable Aqua Pure- Electrolytic Water Purifier, Stio Men's Divide Tech Tee, and Hanz Waterproof Socks.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 21

10 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on July 21, 2015
Teenaged expeditioners + news, gear, and stories.

M John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies

9 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.

M Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail

9 New Comments This Month
By Tucker Ballister on July 07, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
These lessons are aimed at beginners and are based on experiences while hiking the JMT. They are adaptable to any hiking setting and can certainly make the trip more enjoyable.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

8 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.

M The 60-Second Backpacker, Episode No. 1: Weigh Your Stuff

5 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on July 14, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking.

Flash Reviews No. 10

5 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis and Ryan Jordan on July 02, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 10: La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, Nalgene Flask

M Little Red Wagon GEO: Craft Coffee for Backpackers (Review)

4 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on July 21, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted artisan coffee.

M Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

3 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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 20

1 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on July 07, 2015 in Trends » News
In this Week's News: It's time for the 2015 Packraft Roundup, a father scares a bear away to save his son, five trails to know in the Colorado area, get to know Leslie Hittmeier, and much more!

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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

151 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!

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.