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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 Faces No. 2: Jim Harris

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By Jonathan Davis | on August 25, 2015 | in People » Interviews
An interview with Adventure photographer Jim Harris of Perpetual Weekend.

Flash Reviews No. 14

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By Jonathan Davis | on August 25, 2015 | in Gear » Flash Reviews
MetroWild Rolling Luggage/Backpack, Outdoor Research 27 L Drycomp Summit Sack, Kestrel Knives Ti-Backpacker.

M Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 Wrap-Up

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By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A summary review of new gear, trends, and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015.

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!

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.

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.

Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season

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By Doug Prosser | on June 07, 2005 | in Gear » Gear Lists
New Boy Scouts (and your parents!), take note: going light will leave your patrol leaders in the dust and there will be money left over from your paper route.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 23

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By Jonathan Davis | on August 18, 2015 | in Trends » News
Top stories, hiking, backpacking, people, and all things outdoors.

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

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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.


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