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 Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 2

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By Eric Vann | on October 22, 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 Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 22, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild.

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.

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!

The Beautiful Cup

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By Mike Clelland! | on September 07, 2010 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Techniques and gear for the lightweight backcountry coffee connoisseur, because under no circumstances should you let a non-coffee drinker brew your bliss.

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.

Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 14, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

M RapidPure Filters Review

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By Roger Caffin | on September 23, 2014 | in Gear » Reviews
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment.

SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 1 - Introduction

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By Rex Sanders | on March 19, 2013 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Part 1 in our 3 part series on two-way satellite communications for lightweight backpacking.

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

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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.


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