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

35 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.

Crux AK47 and Crux AK57 Packs (UK)

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

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

10 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. 5

6 New Comments This Week
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

M MYOG: Hanging Stove System

3 New Comments This Week
By Darin Banner on April 07, 2015 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
In the winter, depending on snow conditions a fully-enclosed shelter can be preferred in which case a hanging stove system will still allow you to cook from the comfort of your shelter.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14

2 New Comments This Week
By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann on April 15, 2015
News this week: The U.S. Senate votes yes on SA 838, Eric Barone becomes the fastest man on a mountain bike, YouTube opens 360 video uploading, an off-trail route in King's Canyon, Exped Lightning Review, and much more!

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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M Iridium GO! First Look

59 New Comments This Month
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.

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

35 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.

Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

34 New Comments This Month
By BackpackingLight.com Staff on April 07, 2015 in Gear » Reviews
Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market.

M BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review

20 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 Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition

20 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'?

Crux AK47 and Crux AK57 Packs (UK)

17 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.

M Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure

14 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 MYOG: Hanging Stove System

13 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on April 07, 2015 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
In the winter, depending on snow conditions a fully-enclosed shelter can be preferred in which case a hanging stove system will still allow you to cook from the comfort of your shelter.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14

12 New Comments This Month
By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann on April 15, 2015
News this week: The U.S. Senate votes yes on SA 838, Eric Barone becomes the fastest man on a mountain bike, YouTube opens 360 video uploading, an off-trail route in King's Canyon, Exped Lightning Review, and much more!

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

7 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on January 24, 2012 in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

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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

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.