Hall of Fame Features

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Today's Most Popular Gear Reviews & Articles

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 22, 2014 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

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By Darin Banner | on July 22, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking

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By Francis Tapon | on September 20, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Thru-hiking is not simply a longer version of a backpacking trip. Considering thru-hiking a long trail? Make sure you know what you're getting into and set yourself up for success.

Ultralight Tip of the Week

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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

Deejo UL Knives

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By Roger Caffin | on May 27, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price.

Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 11, 2011 | in Gear » Gear Lists
An example of what a lightweight backpacker might take on a 3-day outing.

Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 15, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance.

2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries

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By BPL Staff | on December 15, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques
Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists.

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1

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By Tad Englund | on February 14, 2012 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
The Lightweight Lesson, Essentials, Backpack, Sleeping Bag and Pad, Personal Kit. Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.

Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

By Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, George Cole, Lee Van Horn, Dave Schultz, and Rick Dreher | on August 27, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)


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