Rating: 5 / 5
This book is the one item that I wish was lighter, so I could take it with me trekking every time. The rest of my gear has reached a UL/ SUL / or in some cases L weight because of BPL and its affiliates, but this book stays at home when out 'there'.
Having read previous reviews, I must say I have no problem with pushing BMW gear in the book or out of the book. It is irrelevant to me because this one book has enough information, scientific and purely experience based to take me another 10 years to digest. And, all the BMW gear I have purchased is great -- like the GG, TT & HS, or other gear which allows me to go lightly into the great 'there' and nites out 'there'.
For example, the section on feet and foot care. From that I learned in about 1/2 hour of reading what was wrong with my partner's foot gear system -- thus we will not be mutually suffering blisters (I suffer when she suffers), poorly fitting shoes, and the entirely wrong shoe concept for a specific venture. That one piece of educational action from BPL rates the book a 5.
That there are other articles available on the BPL site containing some of the same information is also irrelevant to me. The compilation in one text, I am tempted to call it my 'camping bible', is an astounding feat for my feet.
Whatever Dr.J. and his staff are eating or drinking or smoking ... they are definitely smoking and rule.
Thus far every person who has come by my house and seen the gear piled around, and then made fun of it, after picking up 'The Book' has ended up asking for the web site address for BPL. (And, some of these are died in the wool 75 lb. pack people, who would feel even more miserable if they weren't suffering while hiking.)
So, whatever may be any minor deficiencies in the perceptions of the previous reviwers already on the lighter path, this book is a real 5 IMO.
The proof of the sincerity and abilities of the BPL community is in the succinct statement of the Mission in the introductory pages (as appears in the magazines) and the fact that anyone is reading this review and I had a place to write it.
Just for New Years resolve purposes I will hereinafter type them out, for my own benefit more than anyones:
"evangelism: To establish a worldwide community network, of interconnected core users where backcountry wilderness adventure is not just a passive interest, it's a passionate tenet of their lifestyle.
discipleship: To provide advanced backcountry skills to a core-user group that drives trends through accute industry awareness, expectations of exceptional gear performance and zero tolerance for mediocrity. BackPackingLight will accomplish this mission with publications that are - challenging, insightful, authoritative."
BPL has all of its oars in the water. What a great community, this book is a tribute to and a foundation for the community and its growth. See the book and its description at: