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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

Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season

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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.

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?

Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method

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By Skip Spitzer | on October 11, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Poking poles around for added stability is fairly intuitive, but the full promise of two more legs - greater endurance, building upper body strength, and reducing injury from stress or falls - requires some technique. Try Skip's straightforward and effective approach!

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 18

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on October 29, 2014 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M Packrafting without a Good Map

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By Luke Schmidt | on November 04, 2014 | in Places » Trip Reports
Despite losing their map during a stream crossing early in the trip, the adventurers trek on determined to hit the big water.

Boy Scout Gear List: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, Summer

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By Doug Prosser | on April 19, 2006 | in Gear » Gear Lists
Philmont Guidebook to Adventure: "Remember, the key to successful backpacking is to go lightly."

Montbell Ex Light Down Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)

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By Will Rietveld | on January 23, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Ex means Extra Light baby! 7-denier shell, 900-fill down, 5.4 ounces - this jacket is a highlight of the show.

New Balance 1000 Insulated Boot Review

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By Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl | on September 27, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
The NB1000 replaces the discontinued Keen Growler as our favorite lightweight insulated boot; it’s made of lighter materials and has the same insulation and functionality.

Ultralight Tip of the Week

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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

Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping

By Ryan Jordan | on January 01, 2004 | in Gear » Gear Lists
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes.


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