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 The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World

By Darin Banner | on September 10, 2014 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions.

Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

By Darin Banner | on September 16, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt

By Roger Caffin | on September 10, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 15

By Damien and Renee Tougas | on September 16, 2014 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp

By Ryan Jordan | on September 17, 2014 |
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1

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.

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!

The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear

By Ryan Jordan | on May 21, 2013 | in Techniques » Techniques
The first episode of Backpacking Light's new video series, "The SUL Wanderer" tells stories and teaches techniques about "SuperUltralight Backpacking" - the style of backpacking that focuses on the extremes of light weight, compactness, and simplicity for wilderness travel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

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

Thermoregulation: An Overview of Heat Loss Mechanisms and Practical Guidelines for Staying Warm with Lightweight Gear

By Ryan Jordan | on October 24, 2003 | in Techniques » Techniques

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