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.

Olympus E-P1 Camera Review

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By Ryan Jordan | on November 24, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
Sure, it's lighter than its DSLR brethren, but it's also heavier and bulkier than its compact cousins. Does it offer improvements to justify carrying the additional weight and bulk?

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on October 14, 2014 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Backcountry Fly Fishing with Tenkara: Ultralight Style and Simplicity

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By Ryan Jordan | on August 18, 2009 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
The literal translation of the Japanese word 'Tenkara' is 'from Heaven.' Fitting for a lightweight fly rod characterized by elegance, grace, and simplicity.

Pak-Rifle Review

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By Ryan Jordan | on December 01, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
My expectation for a small game rifle is to be able to shoot a very small and compact group on a target at 25 yards or less, and the Pak-Rifle makes my heart beat faster.

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.

M Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 07, 2014 | in Places » Photo Essays
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 1

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By Eric Vann | on October 07, 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.

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)

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2010: Update on Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) Technologies

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By Will Rietveld | on August 03, 2010 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
SPOT and DeLorme introduce the DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Communicator, and ACR announces the SarLink View. Both allow text messaging via satellite from remote locations, which goes beyond just chatting, enabling you to provide important information to people on the outside.


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