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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

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'?

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8

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By Eric Vann | on January 20, 2015 | in Trends » Media Reviews
Outdoor news: stories, gear, trips, and more!

Flash Reviews No. 4

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By Ryan Jordan | on January 20, 2015 | in Gear » Flash Reviews
Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch.

West Canada Lakes Wilderness

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By Adam Klagsbrun | on January 28, 2015 | in Places » Trip Reports
A beautiful wilderness with incredible fishing rehabilitated after years of logging and industry use. Just don't forget your lake packraft...you'll need it!

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 23

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on January 20, 2015 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Walking in Nepal

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By Scott Morris | on January 14, 2015 | in Places » Trip Reports
Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty.

2014 Staff Picks

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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.

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.

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!


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