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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

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

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By Ryan Jordan | on January 24, 2012 | in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

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

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 6

By Eric Vann | on December 17, 2014 | in Trends » Media Reviews
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

M Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

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By David Chenault | on December 17, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques
Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease.

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 01, 2014 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best.

M Trekking Techniques for Early-Season Conditions

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By Andrew Skurka | on April 16, 2008 | in Techniques » Techniques
Andrew Skurka's insights and techniques for early season trekking can dramatically increase the length of your normal hiking season.

Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

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By Ryan Jordan | on December 10, 2014 | in Gear » Gear Lists
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.

M How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags

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By Ari Jutkowitz VMD, DACVECC | on April 10, 2013 | in Technology » Test Reports
How do supposedly "odor proof" plastic bags for backpacking hold up to the keen nose of a Police K9?

M The 2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

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By David Chenault | on August 28, 2012 | in Places » Expeditions
Is this the longest, toughest, roughest or hardest? The beauty of it is that at the finish no one knew or cared. Every competitor was left with indelible experiences, challenges accepted and honestly won or lost. Each had started with a clean slate and had accomplished every step in the wilderness through their own efforts. -Adrian Crane, writing about the Classic in Ultrarunning (1986)

M Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!

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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.


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