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Toilet Paper Free Expeditions

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By Mike Clelland! on April 04, 2006 in Techniques » Techniques
Go wild - leave the TP at home.

Flash Reviews No. 14

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By Jonathan Davis on August 25, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
MetroWild Rolling Luggage/Backpack, Outdoor Research 27 L Drycomp Summit Sack, Kestrel Knives Ti-Backpacker.

M Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 Wrap-Up

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By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A summary review of new gear, trends, and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015.

M Notes from the Field: Talus, Tundra, and Ice on a High Route in the Wind River Range of Wyoming

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By Ryan Jordan on September 04, 2015 in Places » Notes from the Field
An 11-day high route trek in the Wind River Range of Wyoming with BSA Venturing Crew One, featuring a photo essay, trip planning and route information, and a review of selected group and individual equipment used on the trek.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 24

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By Jonathan Davis on September 04, 2015 in Trends » News
Top stories, gear, expeditions and more.

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M Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 Wrap-Up

14 New Comments This Month
By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A summary review of new gear, trends, and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015.

Flash Reviews No. 14

13 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on August 25, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
MetroWild Rolling Luggage/Backpack, Outdoor Research 27 L Drycomp Summit Sack, Kestrel Knives Ti-Backpacker.

M A Brief Look at Lindal Valves

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By James D. Marco and Roger Caffin on August 04, 2015 in Technology » Test Reports
Testing shows debris could be inside canister fuels.

Toilet Paper Free Expeditions

8 New Comments This Month
By Mike Clelland! on April 04, 2006 in Techniques » Techniques
Go wild - leave the TP at home.

M Faces

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By Jonathan Davis on August 11, 2015 in People » Interviews
An Interview with Dan Durston from IntoCascadia.com

Flash Reviews No. 13

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By Jonathan Davis on August 11, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 13: Trail Designs Toaks 850ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle, Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight, Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralight Towel.

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?

M The 60-Second Backpacker: Episode 2, Leave the Kitchen Sink at Home

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By Ryan Jordan 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.

M Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire Awareness, Survival, and Evasion (Part 1 of 3)

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By Andrew Mattox on May 19, 2009 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
As light hikers, we cover large distances and travel more deeply into remote areas than many other wilderness users. As a result, we're more likely than most wilderness users to encounter uncontrolled and unreported fires. How do you assess the fire and anticipate its movement? What do you do?

M Notes from the Field: Talus, Tundra, and Ice on a High Route in the Wind River Range of Wyoming

3 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on September 04, 2015 in Places » Notes from the Field
An 11-day high route trek in the Wind River Range of Wyoming with BSA Venturing Crew One, featuring a photo essay, trip planning and route information, and a review of selected group and individual equipment used on the trek.

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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!

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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?

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