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

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1

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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.

Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

By Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, George Cole, Lee Van Horn, Dave Schultz, and Rick Dreher | on August 27, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

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

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.

Explorations into Candle Stoves

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By Mark Hurd and Roger Caffin | on January 02, 2008 | in Technology » Research Reviews
Wax has a reasonably high energy density and unlike other fuels it does not spill (when cold): can you make an adequate DIY stove with it?

The SUL Mindset, Part 1: Redefining SUL

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By Ryan Jordan | on May 08, 2013 | in Trends » Commentary
The SUL Mindset may be more than gear weights, and performance standards.

M REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review

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By Will Rietveld | on April 01, 2014 | in Gear » Reviews
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples.

Gossamer Gear Miniposa Backpack REVIEW

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By Will Rietveld | on November 28, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
Removable carbon fiber stays make it the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpack in its size class, but curved stays would markedly improve its fit and comfort.

Panasonic Lumix LX3 Digital Camera

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By Rick Dreher | on August 11, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
A compact digicam with a professional pedigree, the LX3 tempts outdoor photographers with a fast wide angle (f:2.0/24 mm equivalent) zoom lens, RAW file capability, high-definition video and solid performance.

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.


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