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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

Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW

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By Will Rietveld | on April 17, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
Gossamer Gear offers an ultralight spinnaker fabric catenary-shaped tarp for one or two people that weighs just 8 ounces!

The Beautiful Cup

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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)

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 1, Introduction

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By Jay Ham | on August 29, 2006 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Not for the frail at heart, in this article we dive into making a SUL tarp, pack, and stuff sack out of a single 5-yard piece of spinnaker fabric.

M Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail

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By Tucker Ballister | on July 07, 2015 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
These lessons are aimed at beginners and are based on experiences while hiking the JMT. They are adaptable to any hiking setting and can certainly make the trip more enjoyable.

Backpacking Tights - Part 1

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By Damien Tougas | on August 13, 2013 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture.

Make Your Own Gear: Five Yards to SuperUltraLight
Part 2, Stuff Sack

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By Jay Ham | on November 28, 2006 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Complete instructions to construct a 0.2-ounce stuff sack sized right to compress a SUL tarp (Part 3) into a tidy 4 x 4 x 8 inch bundle.

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?

Campmor (Equinox) Silnylon Poncho-Tarp

By the Product Review Staff | on September 29, 2003 | in Gear » Reviews

MYOG: Group Pot Stand and Windscreen

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By Benjamin Roode | on May 17, 2011 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
What's better than a communal, one-pot meal between hiking buddies under the stars? Learn how to make a pot stand/windscreen that's sturdy enough to hold a large pot filled with dinner and light enough to not bow your backpack.


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