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Members Only Still My Favorite Cook Kit
by Darin Banner
An Esbit cook system is very lightweight, fuel efficient, and ideal for warm-weather, solo cooking. Read More...
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Members Only Stove Windscreen Dynamics and Design: Part I
Wind Effects on Stove Performance

by Will Rietveld
The theory (Bernoulli Effect, laminar and turbulent flow) behind how wind affects backcountry cooking. Read More...
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Members Only Stove Windscreen Dynamics and Design: Part II
Practical Applications for the Field

by Will Rietveld
Have you tried a double windscreen to maintain alcohol and fuel tab stove performance in the wind? It really works, and one piece doubles as a GearSheet. Read More...
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Members Only SUL BikeRaftFishPacking (BFRP)
by Ryan Jordan
An SUL approach to multisport: bikepacking, packrafting, and tenkara fly fishing. Read More...
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Members Only Take the Load Off: Using Pulks to Travel Over Snow
by Ed Bouffard
Pulk techniques for winter travel over snow Read More...
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Members Only Taming Those Large Flexible Foil Windshields
by Roger Caffin
Learn the tricks and techniques required to make a stable windshield out of floppy metal foil. Read More...
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Members Only Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
by Ryan Jordan
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Members Only Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker
by David Chenault
Canyoneering is challenging as it offers an opportunity to tackle a variety of terrain using new gear. Combining canyoneering with backpacking is a recipe for a legendary trip. Read More...
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Techniques for River Corridor Camping
by Ryan Jordan
Tarp camping is tricky enough. Couple that with unstable ground and strong winds and that perfect campsite can quickly become a nightmare. Learn all the tricks to stay dry and happy. Read More...
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Members Only Techniques for Talus
by Ryan Jordan
Talus can be tricky but with a few tips and a new approach you'll be all set for some Talus Dancing. And boy what fun it is! Read More...
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Testimony: How I Fell for Lightweight Backpacking
by Elizabeth Rothman
Fate stepped in and pushed me down some steps in November 2006, breaking my fibula at the ankle, requiring surgical repair. I asked my surgeon if I could backpack the following summer, and he said "If you can get your pack down to thirty pounds, you can backpack." My lightweight journey was launched in earnest. Read More...
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The 45-Year-Old Boy Scout
by Frank Steele
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Runner Up! Read More...
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The Backpacking Fly Fisherman
by Ryan Jordan
Ultralight fly fishing gear for the backpacker fishing on the move. Read More...
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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...
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Members Only The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
by Darin Banner
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions. Read More...
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Members Only The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
by Roger Caffin
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years. Read More...
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The Lightest Kitchen? A Cook Kit for Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
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Members Only The Performance of Alcohol Fuels for Backpacking Stoves
Part One: Three Straight Alcohols and Alcohol Blends

by Tony Beasley and Roger Caffin
Light alcohol stoves are very popular, but there is a lot of confusion over what sort of alcohol should be used and whether blending different alcohols together has any effect. In this, Part One, we comprehensively examine the performance and safety of three common alcohol fuels and of a range of blends. Read More...
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Members Only The Performance of Alcohol Fuels for Backpacking Stoves
Part Two: Water/Alcohol Blends

by Tony Beasley and Roger Caffin
The performance of a particular alcohol stove fuel is generally related to the amount of heating energy in that fuel, which changes when you blend water into different alcohols. But how does it change, and which blend should you use? Read More...
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Members Only The Petersen Test Methods for Evaluating Shell Clothing Performance
by Curt Petersen
The Petersen Test Methods for Evaluating Shell Clothing Performance Read More...
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Members Only The Poncho Tarp: Techniques and Gear Systems for Inclement Conditions
by Ryan Jordan and Alan Dixon
Poncho Tarps are not just for the eccentric. Learn how to use them in foul weather and save considerable weight and simplify your gear kit. Read More...
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Therapeutic Ultralight: Using Lightweight Backpacking to Help Troubled Boys
by Luke Schmidt
Getting emotionally disturbed boys working together to take a backpacking trip is a big job... with many setbacks, limited gear, and almost no budget. Read More...
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Thermoregulation: An Overview of Heat Loss Mechanisms and Practical Guidelines for Staying Warm with Lightweight Gear
by Ryan Jordan
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Members Only The Science of Breathability and Its Impact on Raingear Selection and Use
by Ryan Jordan and Stuart Bilby
The Science of Breathability and Its Impact on Raingear Selection and Use Read More...
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Members Only The SUL Mindset, Part 2: Less vs. Lighter
by Ryan Jordan
So take your normal gear, just take way less of it! One important goal of SUL is to take less stuff, not buy new stuff. If you have to buy new stuff, then I think that regardless of your pack weight, consider that you may have transcended away from the ultralight philosophy and into ultralight hypocrisy. Read More...
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The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear
by Ryan Jordan
The first episode of Backpacking Light's new video series, "The SUL Wanderer" tells stories and teaches techniques about "SuperUltralight Backpacking" - the style of backpacking that focuses on the extremes of light weight, compactness, and simplicity for wilderness travel. Read More...
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Members Only The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
by Ryan Jordan
The second episode of Backpacking Light's new video series, "The SUL Wanderer" tells stories and teaches techniques about "SuperUltralight Backpacking" - the style of backpacking that focuses on the extremes of light weight, compactness, and simplicity for wilderness travel. Read More...
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Members Only The Updated Foot-Care Kit
by Darin Banner
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet. Read More...
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The Weird Science of Night Vision: Lighting Considerations for Lightweight Backpacking
by Rick Dreher
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Toilet Paper Free Expeditions
by Mike Clelland!
Go wild - leave the TP at home. Read More...
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Members Only Tools and Techniques to Sew Like a Pro
by Ron Rod
While practice is the real key to improving the quality of your homemade gear, there are some tools and techniques that can help you along the way. Knowing which tools to have and how to best use them will maximize the quality of the gear you build. Read More...
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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...
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Members Only Training for Backpacking
by David Chenault
Training for backpacking (a fun activity) need not be complicated or painful. Get in a routine and make each session count. Your long trips will thank you. Read More...
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Members Only Train Yourself to Hike a 30-Mile Day
by C. W. Schurman
You have been invited on a summer backpacking trip that will cover 30 miles in one day, including 2,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and your anticipated pack weight will be 15-20 pounds. You have 15 weeks to prepare. What is the best way to get your body and mind ready for such an outing? Read More...
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Transitional Hiker - An Australian Story
by Mark McLauchlin
How books about or by famous UL walkers, a sewing machine, and the most devoted UL community on the planet got me back on the trail and going light. Read More...
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Members Only Trekking Techniques for Early-Season Conditions
by Andrew Skurka
Andrew Skurka's insights and techniques for early season trekking can dramatically increase the length of your normal hiking season. Read More...
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Members Only Trouble in Paradise: Altitude Illness in SEKI
by Kevin Sawchuk
Serious illness in remote areas can end poorly. Knowing your group's fitness level, experience, and lightweight ethic are key parts to a successful self-rescue and a happy ending. Read More...
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Turbo Bear Bag Hanging
by Kevin Sawchuk
Learn the tips and techniques to ensure that YOU, not bears, are eating your food at the end of the day. Read More...
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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...
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Ultralight Economies of Scale: Budgeting for Your Pack & Wallet
by Brad Groves
How can lightweight backpacking translate and relate to financial management? Doesn't all that lightweight loot cost money? Read More...
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Members Only Ultralight in the Icebox: Post-Trip Report
by Andrew Skurka
Andrew Skurka talks about his cold weather tenets and ultralight gear kit following a 385 mile, 19 day backpacking trip in northern Minnesota in the dead of winter. Read More...
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Ultralight Tip of the Week
by Mike Clelland!
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips Read More...
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Up in Smoke: Backcountry Fire Building Videocast
by Sam Haraldson
Building a fire is nothing short of an art form, and no one can teach you everything you'd need to know to perfect it in a ten-minute video. Instead of attempting to do this (perfecting your form), we've simply highlighted some of the gear and techniques used to start a fire. Read More...
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Members Only Vapor Barrier Liners
by Andrew Skurka
Backpacking Light's Andrew Skurka on Vapor Barrier Liners: What they are, how they work, and when to use them. Read More...
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Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
by Georgieann Lilgreen
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Video: Have Fun and Avoid Drowning - A How-To for Packrafters
by Carol Crooker
Highlights from the April 2008 Rescue 3 International Whitewater Rescue Technician course for packrafters held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Read More...
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Video: Packraft Wet Reentry
by Carol Crooker
Wet reentry is one of the most common rescues you'll perform while packrafting. Be sure to work the kinks out of your technique ahead of time so this self-rescue tool will be honed when you need it. Read More...
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Members Only Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire Awareness, Survival, and Evasion (Part 1 of 3)
by Andrew Mattox
As light hikers, we cover large distances and travel more deeply into remote areas than many other wilderness users. As a result, we're more likely than most wilderness users to encounter uncontrolled and unreported fires. How do you assess the fire and anticipate its movement? What do you do? Read More...
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Members Only Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire Awareness, Survival, and Evasion (Part 2 of 3)
by Andrew Mattox
We can now distinguish parts of a fire, know some basics of wildfire behavior, and are familiar with the fundamental suppression method. We come to the crux question: how do you get away? Read More...
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Members Only Walking on Fire: A Light-Hiker's Guide to Wildfire Awareness, Survival, and Evasion (Part 3 of 3)
by Andrew Mattox
We've covered several skills of assessing and avoiding fire. Whether passing through, sheltering in, or simply going near a fire area, there are particular hazards beyond immolation to be aware of. Read More...

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