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M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

8 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.

M Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review

4 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on May 19, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.

M Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska

1 New Comments This Week
By Jörgen Johansson on April 22, 2015 in Places » Expeditions
A solo, multi-week expedition along the Brooks Range proves to be mentally and physically challenging as the author faced uncertain conditions and rugged terrain.

Flash Reviews No. 7

1 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis on May 19, 2015 in Gear » Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus.

M Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent

1 New Comments This Week
By Jeremy Hankinson on April 28, 2015 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own tent will challenge your ingenuity, but it gives you total control over your shelter. The process can be simplified with this step-by-step guide for making your own lightweight tent.

M Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

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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'?

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Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15

62 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on April 29, 2015 in Trends » Commentary
News this week: Mt. Everest Avalanche Adds to Tragedy in Nepal, The U.S. Outdoor Act of 2015, Take a Trip Through the North York Moors, Craig Weiland Discovers a New Diatom, and much more!

M Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska

33 New Comments This Month
By Jörgen Johansson on April 22, 2015 in Places » Expeditions
A solo, multi-week expedition along the Brooks Range proves to be mentally and physically challenging as the author faced uncertain conditions and rugged terrain.

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 Layering for Beginners

19 New Comments This Month
By David Chenault on May 05, 2015 in Techniques » Techniques
Layering can be the difference between misery and joy when facing inclement conditions in the outdoors.

M Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent

18 New Comments This Month
By Jeremy Hankinson on April 28, 2015 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own tent will challenge your ingenuity, but it gives you total control over your shelter. The process can be simplified with this step-by-step guide for making your own lightweight tent.

Crux AK47 and Crux AK57 Packs (UK)

16 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on September 28, 2010 in Gear » Reviews
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks.

Flash Reviews No. 6

8 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis on May 05, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 6: Fenix HL23 Headlamp, MSR Windboiler Stove, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles.

M What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills

7 New Comments This Month
By James Long on May 12, 2015 in Trends » Commentary
Preppers, Primitive Skills, the Military, and Hunters are all groups of people that have learned to thrive outdoors in their own way. Backpackers can take lessons from these other groups to make them more successful.

M Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review

4 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on May 19, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.

Flash Reviews No. 5

4 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis on April 22, 2015 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 5: Excalibur Dehydrator #3526TCDB, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze, LuminAid PackLite 16 Version 2

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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 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.