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 Updated Foot-Care Kit

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By Darin Banner | on July 22, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

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.

Boy Scout Gear List: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, Summer

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By Doug Prosser | on April 19, 2006 | in Gear » Gear Lists
Philmont Guidebook to Adventure: "Remember, the key to successful backpacking is to go lightly."

Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW

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By Jay Ham | on May 08, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
The Mega Light is a solid, well designed pyramid tent, but the weight-conscious should leave the bug liner behind.

Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 15, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance.

Petzl Tikka XP2 and Tikka Plus2 LED Headlamp Reviews

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By Rick Dreher | on February 02, 2010 | in Gear » Reviews
Petzl has been busy upgrading and gives us two new versions of an old stand-by.

Ultralight Tip of the Week

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By Mike Clelland! | on January 13, 2012 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

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.

Lightweight First Aid Kits for Hiking

By Bill Thorneloe | on June 25, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Lightweight First Aid Kits for Hiking

100 Mile Wilderness

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By Matt Heid | on May 06, 2014 | in Places » Trip Reports
The 100 mile wilderness is vast - and challenging. Thru-hikers often complete the whole traverse in a few days, but slowing down will offer spectacular views and an even more memorable experience.


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