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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

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

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!

M Notes from the Field: Rambling the High Sierra (Revisited)

By Ryan Jordan | on September 29, 2015 | in Places » Notes from the Field
An alpine ramble along part of the Roper High route of the High Sierras, leaves plenty of time for fishing and relaxation.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 25

By Eric Vann | on September 29, 2015 | in Trends » News
FBI Fugitive Found on Appalachian Trail, A Survival Video Game, The Zion Flash Flood, A "Walk In the Woods" Inspires People to Get Out, MSR FlyLite Tent, and much more!

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

By Will Rietveld | on February 08, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

on July 25, 2006 | in Technology » Test Reports
An in-depth comparison of the properties of wool and synthetic fabric for base layers yielded some surprising results.

M The 60-Second Backpacker: Episode 2, Leave the Kitchen Sink at Home

By Ryan Jordan | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking.

Toilet Paper Free Expeditions

By Mike Clelland! | on April 04, 2006 | in Techniques » Techniques
Go wild - leave the TP at home.

M High Exertion Moisture Accumulation in Rain and Wind Shells

By Alan Dixon | on December 16, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
High Exertion Moisture Accumulation in Rain and Wind Shells

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking

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 Faces No. 3: Douglas Malott

By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann | on September 22, 2015 | in People » Interviews
An interview with backpacker Douglas Malott who is passionate about the outdoors, and ensuring we are out there for the right reasons.

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