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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

Hilleberg Rajd Tent REVIEW

By Will Rietveld | on November 14, 2006 | in Gear » Reviews
Lightweight single wall, two-person shelter with lots going for it: quality materials and construction, ease of set up, interior space and headroom, and storm worthiness – but it has one major problem.

7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail

By Francis Tapon | on April 05, 2011 | in Places » Featured Routes
At first glance, doing a round-trip (a yo-yo) on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) seems like a waste. Why not hike a different trail instead of hiking the same one two times? However, unlike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the CDT is never the same trail twice.

M Steripen Classic 3: Spotlite Review

By Roger Caffin | on February 10, 2015 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
SteriPEN has heeded our pleas and its newest model continues to offer great water treatment while getting rid of some of the bugs from previous models.

M A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 1

By Roger Caffin with assistance from Will Rietveld, Ray Estrella and Rick Dreher | on July 24, 2012 | in Technology » Science, Theory & Math
The first part of this series provides an overview of the threats that can exist in untreated (and in some cases treated) water sources. Squeamish and hypochondriac readers be warned.

Philmont Scout Ranch: How Light Can You Go?

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.

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows

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.

Ultralight Tip of the Week

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

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9

By Eric Vann | on February 04, 2015 | in Trends » Media Reviews
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review

By Will Rietveld | on June 21, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
Terra Nova maintains their reputation with the latest “lightest double-wall shelter in the world,” weighing just over 1 pound. This one has a Cuben Fiber canopy and floor.

2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

By Staff | on December 26, 2012 | in Trends » Commentary
An eclectic assortment of the staff's favorite gear for 2012.

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