Hall of Fame Features

The following list features Backpacking Light's "Hall of Fame" - the highest traffic articles ever published at BPL - a great place to start reading for new visitors and subscribers!

Today's Most Popular Gear Reviews & Articles

An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing

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By Yvon Chouinard | on April 22, 2014 | in Trends » Trend Reports
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on April 22, 2014 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo

By Sean McDevitt | on April 15, 2014 | in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method

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By Skip Spitzer | on October 11, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Poking poles around for added stability is fairly intuitive, but the full promise of two more legs - greater endurance, building upper body strength, and reducing injury from stress or falls - requires some technique. Try Skip's straightforward and effective approach!

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.

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

Bear Bag Hanging Techniques

By Ryan Jordan | on May 30, 2004 | in Techniques » Techniques
A brief review of bear bag hanging techniques with a focus on minimizing weight and maximizing simplicity.

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.

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.

M The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves

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By Roger Caffin | on April 15, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years.


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