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

2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries

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By BPL Staff | on December 15, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques
Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists.

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

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By Ryan Jordan | on January 24, 2012 | in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

M How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel

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By Brock Delinski | on July 08, 2014 | in Places » Trip Reports
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life.

GoLite Ultra-Lite Poncho/Tarp REVIEW

By Will Rietveld | on October 25, 2005 | in Gear » Reviews
Just because Skurka and Coup chose this raingear/shelter for their record-setting thru-hikes, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Here's the scoop on a tough poncho that makes a great shelter but suffers a little in raingear mode.

Beyond Our Boundaries: The Story of a Family of Five Thru-Hiking the AT in 2014

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By Ryan Jordan and Damien Tougas | on January 08, 2014 | in People » Interviews
Thru-hiking with your family is a logistical and financial challenge, but if you are looking to become closer or want to have an adventure, look no further!

Rab Drillium Jacket REVIEW

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By Will Rietveld | on May 08, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
Lightweight eVENT multi-sport jacket with a terrific fit and feature set, but its appeal depends on whether you need a helmet-compatible hood or not.

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

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

7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail

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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.

Petzl Tikka XP2 and Tikka Plus2 LED Headlamp Reviews

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By Rick Dreher | on February 02, 2010 | in Gear » Reviews
Petzl has been busy upgrading and gives us two new versions of an old stand-by.


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