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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

Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season

By Doug Prosser | on June 07, 2005 | in Gear » Gear Lists
New Boy Scouts (and your parents!), take note: going light will leave your patrol leaders in the dust and there will be money left over from your paper route.

MYOG: 3mil Plastic Tarps

By Jerry Adams | on February 08, 2011 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Practice makes perfect: using polyethylene to prototype designs means I can spend less and try more variations before sewing a final product in technical materials.

Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review

By Ryan Jordan | on January 03, 2012 | in Gear » Reviews
Large sensor. High resolution. Small package. Interchangeable lenses. Is the DSLR finally dead for the backpacking photographer?

Lightweight Backpacking for Couples

By Alison Simon and Alan Dixon | on September 03, 2003 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices

Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style

By Benjamin Roode | on December 07, 2010 | in Trends » Commentary
I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me?

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

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.

M Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 3: The Mini-Reviews

By Roger Caffin | on April 24, 2012 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Part 3 of this tutorial gives the details on the seven tunnel tents included in this report.

M Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System

By Ryan Jordan | on September 03, 2014 | in Technology » Features
A series of articles evaluating platforms for social media, photo blogging, and two-way email communications.

The Beautiful Cup

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.

M Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

By David Chenault | on December 17, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques
Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease.

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