Hall of Fame Features

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Today's Most Popular Gear Reviews & Articles

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?

MYOG: The Incredible Rulk - Rucksack and Pulk Combo

By Jörgen Johansson | on May 05, 2009 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
It would be so nice to have a light pulk strapped onto my pack so that I more or less would be able instantly to switch back and forth between pack and pulk. Witness the creation of the Incredible Rulk!

Ultralight Backpacking in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca

By Rick DeLong | on June 16, 2009 | in Places » Photo Essays
With dozens of peaks above 6,000 meters (nearly 20,000 feet), Peru’s Cordillera Blanca range is one of the highest, most rugged sections of the Andes, and the most heavily glaciated of any mountains in the planet’s equatorial zone. It is a well-known mountain climbing destination, and hundreds of kilometers of hikeable trails have made the range increasingly popular among trekkers.

Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof

By Darin Banner | on September 16, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet.

CamelBak All Clear Microbiological UV Water Purifier (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

By Rick Dreher | on July 22, 2009 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
CamelBak introduces a complete and easy to use UV water purification system, marking the adoption of this proven technology by a big company.

Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Winners

By Backpacking Light Staff | on June 06, 2006 | in Techniques » Techniques
The winners of the Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest are a diverse group.

M Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

By Ryan Jordan | on October 07, 2014 | in Places » Photo Essays
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.

Inov-8 F-Lite 300 Shoes SPOTLITE REVIEW

By Carol Crooker | on May 31, 2006 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Very lightweight (300 g, 10.5 oz US men's 9). Are they lightweight backpacking capable?

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.

Granite Gear Blaze A.C. 60 Review

By Brad Groves | on May 08, 2012 | in Gear » Reviews
Will it light the trails on fire?

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