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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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Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Winners
by Backpacking Light Staff
The winners of the Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest are a diverse group. Read More...
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Members Only How Far, How Fast, How Heavy?
Calculating the range for unsupported, long-distance hiking

by Roman Dial
Formulas and theory for predicting possible distances and times with ultralight gear for long distance backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Transforming a Mummy Sleeping Bag into an Arc Top Bag
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to convert a mummy bag to an arc quilt. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear: The Micro Z-Stand Pot Support
by Jay Ham
Using Backpacking Light Titanium Alloy UltraRods to build a sturdy, and now heat resistant, sub-0.20 oz (5.7 g) Z-Stand pot support for alcohol and solid fuel stoves. Read More...
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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 Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking
Part II: Commercially Available Canister Stove Systems

by Roger Caffin
Many canister stove models become excellent cold weather performers with a simple twist. Read More...
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Members Only Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking
Part I: Stove and Fuel Fundamentals

by Roger Caffin
Fuel fundamentals and basic flame chemistry explained so that canister stove cold weather performance can be optimized. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Alcohol Stove Windscreen
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to construct an efficient alcohol stove windscreen. Read More...
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2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries
by BPL Staff
Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists. Read More...
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Make Your Own Gear: The Z-Stand Pot Stand Revisited, Revised, and Relightened!
by Jay Ham
Using Backpacking Light's Titanium Alloy UltraRods to Build a Sturdy 0.15 oz (4.2 g) Z-Stand Pot Support for Alcohol and Solid Fuel Stoves Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to cut, reshape, and reseal a self-inflating pad. Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Backcountry Professional Photography
by Anatoly Ivanov
Complete lightweight camera and accessories setup for the professional backcountry photographer. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: The “Z-Stand” Pot Support for Alcohol Stoves
by Jay Ham
Complete step-by-step instructions on how to make a lightweight and unique pot stand. 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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Members Only Backcountry Fly Fishing: Lightweight Gear and Style
by Larry Tullis
Outdoor writer Larry Tullis brings a lightweight ethic to backcountry fishing. Read More...
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Members Only Foot Care for Diabetic Hikers
by Gerard Olenick
Perspectives on footwear and foot care from a type II diabetic backpacker. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
by Jay Ham
Complete step by step instructions on how to construct an open jet alcohol stove that looks as good as it works. Read More...
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Members Only Can A Sane Person Truly Enjoy SuperUltralight Backpacking?
by Carol Crooker
SUL for the masses? Perspectives on comfortable gear - with a suggested gear checklist - for a non-technical canyoneering backpacking trip requiring less than five pounds of gear on your back. Read More...
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An Old Dog Learns New Tricks - How Lightweight Technology Keeps me on the Trail at 70
by Ron Hamm
How lightweight backpacking gear has kept the author on the trail at 70. 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels
by Will Rietveld
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Members Only Considerations for Selecting a Lightweight Backpacking Stove
by Will Rietveld
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Members Only Saving Time and Weight: A "Winter Water" Routine Tuned for Lightweight Style
by Ryan Jordan
Water prep in the winter is a time- and fuel-consuming chore. Learn tips and tricks to save time and weight in this treatise on lightweight winter water prep using a white gas stove. Read More...
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Getting the Most out of an MSR White Gas Stove: Maintenance Tips
by Don Johnston
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Members Only Guide to Selecting and Using Ultralight GPS Systems
by Blake Morstad and Alan Dixon
Systematic analysis of considerations for evaluating a GPS system of lightweight equipment and software for efficient navigation. Read More...
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Members Only Backcountry Hygiene for Ultralight and Long-Distance Hikers
by Ryan Jordan, Ph.D.
A short primer on the topic of backcountry hygiene to help you minimize the risk of contracting stomach-borne illnesses while in the backcountry. Read More...
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Bear Bag Hanging Techniques
by Ryan Jordan
A brief review of bear bag hanging techniques with a focus on minimizing weight and maximizing simplicity. Read More...
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Packrafting: An Introduction to Wilderness River Running with a Packable Inflatable Boat
by Jim Jager, Sidebar by Sheri Tingey
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Members Only Hiking Efficiency: A Day in the Life of an Ultralight Hiker
by Ryan Jordan
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Fast and Light with Gary Scott: Lightweight Backpacking and Climbing Strategies
by Gary Scott
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Members Only Winter Backpacking Comfort: Lightweight Gear and Techniques for Shelter, Clothing, and Sleep Systems
by Ryan Jordan
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Wireless in the Wilderness: An Overview of Communications Technologies for Backpackers
by Eric Kammerer
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Buying an LED Torch: Headlamp Design Considerations to Help Guide Your Purchasing Decisions
by Rick Dreher
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The Weird Science of Night Vision: Lighting Considerations for Lightweight Backpacking
by Rick Dreher
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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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Lightweight Backpacking with Young Children
by Stephanie and Ryan Jordan
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Make Your Own Trekking Poles
by Ryan Jordan
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Lightweight Backpacking for Couples
by Alison Simon and Alan Dixon
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Advanced Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
by Ryan Jordan
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The Lightest Kitchen? A Cook Kit for Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
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Soft Shells: The Real Story
by Alan Dixon and Ryan Jordan
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Members Only Clothing and Sleep Systems for Mountain Hiking, 1st Edition (August 2002)
by Ryan Jordan, Jim Nelson, and Alan Dixon
Clothing and Sleep Systems for Mountain Hiking, 1st Edition (August 2002) Read More...
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A Homemade Gear Sled (Pulk) for Backcountry Winter Travel
by Ken Knight
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Backcountry Travel on Snowshoes for Lightweight Backpackers
by Don Ladigin
Backcountry Travel on Snowshoes for Lightweight Backpackers Read More...
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Members Only High Exertion Moisture Accumulation in Rain and Wind Shells
by Alan Dixon
High Exertion Moisture Accumulation in Rain and Wind Shells Read More...
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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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Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)
by Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, George Cole, Lee Van Horn, Dave Schultz, and Rick Dreher
Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001) Read More...
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Face-Off: First Aid and Emergency Gear
by Bill Thorneloe, David Schultz, and Ryan Jordan
Face-Off: First Aid and Emergency Gear 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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