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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Philmont Scout Ranch: How Light Can You Go?

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By Doug Prosser | on June 23, 2009 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
After taking a Wilderness Trekking course from Andrew Skurka and Don Wilson, I wanted to try the Philmont Scout Ranch in a UL style. By stepping out of my existing comfort zone, I discovered a whole new one.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review

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By Will Rietveld | on March 02, 2010 | in Gear » Reviews
This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost.

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'?

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.

Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay

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By Luke Schmidt | on February 10, 2015 | in Places » Photo Essays
Saved by the Guadalupe Mountains, the author learns to live in West Texas and begins to enjoy the area with weekend visits to the mountains.

The Backpacking Fly Fisherman

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 26, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Ultralight fly fishing gear for the backpacker fishing on the move.


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