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

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."

The Backpacking Fly Fisherman

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 26, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Ultralight fly fishing gear for the backpacker fishing on the move.

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.

M Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker

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By David Chenault | on July 01, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques
Canyoneering is challenging as it offers an opportunity to tackle a variety of terrain using new gear. Combining canyoneering with backpacking is a recipe for a legendary trip.

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)

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.

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

2013 Staff Picks

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By BackpackingLight.com Staff | on December 27, 2013 | in Gear » Staff Picks
As we close out the year, take a minute and see which gear our staff uses often.

SteriPEN Opti Review

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By Roger Caffin | on October 05, 2010 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The SteriPEN UV wands have been through several generations of development, reaching a very satisfactory state with this SteriPEN Opti unit.

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.


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