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M Candle Stoves

23 New Comments This Week
By Russell Lawson (with minor assistance from Roger Caffin) on February 24, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The quest for the best ultralight stove continues...and it depends on how you define the "best". What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 5: Infra-Red testing

18 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin and John Linn on February 24, 2015 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. This installment focuses on infra-red testing.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

9 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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10

4 New Comments This Week
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.

M Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application

1 New Comments This Week
By David Chenault on February 05, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Backpackable wood stoves will add weight to your pack, but they have many benefits, such as, peace of mind, warmth, and the ability to dry wet gear.

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M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

33 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 Steripen Classic 3: Spotlite Review

30 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on February 10, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
SteriPEN has heeded our pleas and its newest model continues to offer great water treatment while getting rid of some of the bugs from previous models.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

27 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 Candle Stoves

23 New Comments This Month
By Russell Lawson (with minor assistance from Roger Caffin) on February 24, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The quest for the best ultralight stove continues...and it depends on how you define the "best". What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 5: Infra-Red testing

18 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin and John Linn on February 24, 2015 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. This installment focuses on infra-red testing.

Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay

13 New Comments This Month
By Luke Schmidt on February 10, 2015 in Places » Photo Essays
Saved by the Guadalupe Mountains, the author learns to live in West Texas and begins to enjoy the area with weekend visits to the mountains.

Paramo Waterproof Directional Clothing

11 New Comments This Month
By Chris Townsend on December 02, 2008 in Trends » Trend Reports
Waterproof clothing without coatings or membranes: how they do it and how it works.

M Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review

9 New Comments This Month
By Will Rietveld on February 12, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
With room for sleeping and gear storage as well as a durable construction that can handle a range of weather conditions, the HMG UltaMid is an ideal shelter for lightweight backcountry travel.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10

6 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.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 24

5 New Comments This Month
By Damien and Renee Tougas on February 03, 2015 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

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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.