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ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 3
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of the Sil-Dripper Coffee Brewer, the Elemental Horizons Pocket, and the Klymit Motion 35 Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking
by Ryan Jordan
Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Cinnamon Monkey Bread
by Ken Larson
The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Jiva Coffee Cubes
by Roger Caffin
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Simplifying Expedition Food With Single Serving Sized Packages
by Ryan Jordan
Single serving packages can simplify shopping, packaging, and preparation of meals. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only Lightweight Fry Bake Gear and Technique (Video)
by Ryan Jordan
If you're a fan of fry-baked meals in the backcountry, and you are reading this article, it's not likely you're one who gets real excited about carrying the two-pound classic Banks' Fry Bake. Here are some options for lighter gear and techniques for fry-baking as a solo traveler, or in smaller groups. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
Bored with water in the backcountry? Need to make hydration more appealing for your group? Add some flavor to your water, and vanquish any fear of dehydration or scurvy. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Recent Developments in Canister Stoves
by Roger Caffin
Recent developments in canister stoves have the potential to upset a lot of the industry, as the leadership seems to have passed out of the hands of Western brands and into Asia. Stoves that were trumpeted as the state of the art by well-known Western brands now look a little old, tired, heavy and, well, clunky. We look at a few of the leading edge stoves from 2012 to see where things are going. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Science, Theory & Math
Members Only A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods - Part 2
by Roger Caffin with assistance from Will Rietveld, Ray Estrella and Rick Dreher
Remove, kill, or inactivate? Part two of this series analyzes the legal and technical definitions as well as the practical significance of water purification and filtration. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Ultralight Baking
by Stuart Robb
After a few days on the trail, dehydrated meals can get monotonous. A bit more variety is often desirable and freshly baked bread is a delicious and lightweight option. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 – Part 2: Lightweight Backpacks, Stoves, and Accessories
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
OR delivers a fresh crop of lightweight, innovative, and useful gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Food Planning Using Pounds Per Person Per Day
by Mike Clelland! with editorial assistance from Mike Martin & Addie Bedford
Calculating how much food to take on a trip? My goal is to be perfectly satisfied during my time in the backcountry, but to walk out of the mountains with absolutely ZERO food. It is so gratifying to eat that last raisin on the last mile of the last day. If I can do that, the math worked out perfectly. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
The Beautiful Cup
by Mike Clelland!
Techniques and gear for the lightweight backcountry coffee connoisseur, because under no circumstances should you let a non-coffee drinker brew your bliss. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Day 3 – Treasure Hunt
by Brad Groves
The daily perspective: Can I just live here? Hang out and drink... beverages, talking super-tech about gear with the coolest people in the world? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010: Open Air Demo
by Brad Groves and Will Rietveld
While the first day of Outdoor Retailer is dedicated to water sport, we found a few products that could carry over for backpacking as well... plus some that are just plain fun, no bones about it! Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only MYOG: Knotless PCT Bear Bag Hang
by Josh Taylor
Perform an easier-yet-secure PCT Bear Bag Hang without using the traditional stick + clove hitch. This MYOG is simple, functional, and lightweight! Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!
by Jeremy Pendrey
As lightweight backpackers, we obsess over the weight of every piece of gear we carry, but many of us give little thought to the weight of the heaviest piece of gear of all: ourselves. How do we begin to treat our own weight with the same care that we treat the weight of our gear? By doing what we already do well: going light. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Staff Videocast: Cowboy Coffee
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
How do BPL Staffers stay warm, hydrated, and caffeinated in the backcountry? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin, Ryan Jordan, Don Wilson, Craig Mortensen, Alan Dixon, Ken Knight, Steve Nelson, Addie Morstad, Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Backpacking Light Outdoor Retailer Team outfits an entire lightweight pack for a long winter weekend using only gear found at the show. Join us throughout the trip for updates as we add gear to our hyper-linked Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Bringing up the Rear: An Ultralighter Hikes across the Weminuche with a "Mixed" Group
by Ben Smith
Ultralighters love replacing old gear with new. But what gets lost when you get new hiking buddies to go with your new kit? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Scarcity of New Dinner Options at Summer 2007 OR Show (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alison Simon
New dinner choices at Summer OR not very plentiful Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only Groovy-Biotic Cooking: Quick, Healthy Meals with an Ultralight Cook Kit
by Mike Clelland!
All the details you need to plan backcountry vegetarian meals that are nutritious and tasty. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Java Juice Black Gold Pure Coffee Extract (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Coffee extract in single serving packets: 100% organic, Kosher, no preservatives, and - oh yeah - really good. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Perfect 10 Natural Energy Bars (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
A natural energy, now that’s a novel idea! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Accelerade Sports Drinks: Protein-Supplemented Carbohydrate Sports Formulas Could Improve Backpacking Endurance (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Do you use carbo gels or drink mixes while backpacking? Protein-supplemented sports formulas from Accelerade may improve performance and muscle recover over long distances. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Members Only Backpacking Food List: Vegetarian
by Amy Friends Stone
Yes, vegetarian fare can fuel endurance activities like backpacking! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpacking Food Taste Test: Entrées (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Backpacking Light staff tastes - and scores - several backpacking foods from AlpineAire, Backpacker's Pantry, Cache Lakes, and Natural High. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpackers Pantry Introduces Cold Rehydrated Meals (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Leave the stove at home and still enjoy a freeze dried pasta dinner. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Sedona Trading Company Trail Gourmet Seasonings SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Ken Knight
Spices for those of us who want no fuss, no muss, and little weight Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
First Annual Energy Bar Test
by Carol Crooker and Alison Simon
Backpacking Light staff members rate six "natural" energy bars on taste and nutrition. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Trail Food: Keeping it Interesting and Energizing
by Rosaleen Sullivan
The basics of selecting trail food that is appetizing, energizing, and easy to prepare. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Meridian Design AquaStar Portable UV-C Water Purifier First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
TeaTech XtraGreen Tea First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)
by Carol Crooker
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ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Members Only Backpacking Food List: Protein-Powered Food for Sustained Energy
by Carol Crooker
Looking to boost energy while keeping the weight down? Try this protein-powered food list for backpacking. Read More...