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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 Walking in Nepal

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By Scott Morris | on January 14, 2015 | in Places » Trip Reports
Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty.

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking

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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.

Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review

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By David Chenault | on December 13, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
For fast, easy over-snow travel, combine the traits of a snowshoe and those of a ski. A short, fat ski would keep the maneuverability, packability and hopefully light weight of a snowshoe as well as the glide and easy trail breaking of a ski. How well does this theory play out in reality?

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

By Will Rietveld | on February 08, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques

Can I Cook in my Tent?

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By Roger Caffin | on November 11, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques
Cooking in a tent has revolved around a stigma of gear destruction and personal harm. Cooking in a tent is not that dangerous and being responsible and aware of the hazards allows for safe cooking in a tent.

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)

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 22

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on January 07, 2015 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

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By Ryan Jordan | on December 10, 2014 | in Gear » Gear Lists
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.

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


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