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M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

10 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 Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure

7 New Comments This Week
By Leanne Hennessy on March 24, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased.

M New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review

2 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on March 18, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking.

M Iridium GO! First Look

2 New Comments This Week
By Alan Dixon on April 01, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
The Iridium GO! gives you access to technology even in remote locations by creating a backcountry WiFi hotspot for multiple smartphones.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 13

1 New Comments This Week
By Eric Vann on April 01, 2015 in Trends » Media Reviews
News this week: Expedition Brings Sight to the Blind in Nepal, Skiing in the Cascades, Gear needed to Hike PCT in the Winter, 83-Year-Old who Runs a Ski Resort, and much more!

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 12

1 New Comments This Week
By Eric Vann on March 18, 2015 in Trends » Media Reviews
News this week: Steger's Solo Winter Traverse through the Boundary Waters, the 235-mile Trans-Adirondack Route, ISPO 2015, and more!

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M Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure

24 New Comments This Month
By Leanne Hennessy on March 24, 2015 in Places » Trip Reports
The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased.

M Backcountry Brews

21 New Comments This Month
By Paul Magnanti on March 04, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
Still not great as the real deal, Pat's Backcountry Brewery is a nice lightweight option to enjoy some beer in the backcountry.

M Amateur Backpacking Videography

18 New Comments This Month
By Luke Schmidt on March 11, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Videography with an emphasis on the pursuit of the "perfect" shot and the ensuing editing can be time consuming, daunting, and distract from your trip. The author presents tactics to make it easier and record your adventures.

ISPO 2015

17 New Comments This Month
By Matthew Pullan on March 11, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

14 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 New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review

13 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on March 18, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking.

M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

12 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'?

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 11

11 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on March 04, 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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10

7 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on February 18, 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.

ISPO 2015: Part 2

7 New Comments This Month
By Matthew Pullan on March 24, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand.

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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.