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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 Packrafting without a Good Map

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By Luke Schmidt | on November 04, 2014 | in Places » Trip Reports
Despite losing their map during a stream crossing early in the trip, the adventurers trek on determined to hit the big water.

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.

Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review

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By Brad Groves | on August 09, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
Can a lighter, easier hammock hang convert this avowed tent user?

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

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By Georgieann Lilgreen | on February 12, 2014 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home.

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!

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 2

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By Tad Englund | on February 21, 2012 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Clothing, Footwear, Group Gear (Water Treatment, Stoves and Fuel, Shelter). Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 3

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By Eric Vann | on November 04, 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.


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