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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

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

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.

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

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.

The Beautiful Cup

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.

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 Designs Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW

By Doug Johnson | on August 03, 2005 | in Gear » Reviews
Single wall, low-profile, and built for altitude: the Summit Extreme belongs on a high mountain ridge.

Bear Bag Hanging Techniques

By Ryan Jordan | on May 30, 2004 | in Techniques » Techniques
A brief review of bear bag hanging techniques with a focus on minimizing weight and maximizing simplicity.

Wild Things Racer Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)

By Will Rietveld | on January 30, 2006 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
The most durable (and unique) adventure racing pack in the world?

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking

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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 25

By Eric Vann | on September 29, 2015 | in Trends » News
FBI Fugitive Found on Appalachian Trail, A Survival Video Game, The Zion Flash Flood, A "Walk In the Woods" Inspires People to Get Out, MSR FlyLite Tent, and much more!

M Faces No. 3: Douglas Malott

By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann | on September 22, 2015 | in People » Interviews
An interview with backpacker Douglas Malott who is passionate about the outdoors, and ensuring we are out there for the right reasons.

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