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Members Only Backpacking and the Bruin Mind
by R. Clinton Ohlers
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Members Only Staying Dry in a Bivy Sack: Techniques for Managing the Moisture Balance Between External Precipitation and Internal Condensation
by Mike Martin
This article was originally published in issue 7 of the Backpacking Light Print Magazine. It has since been revised and updated by the author for web publication. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only MYOG: Supplex Pants
by Jerry Adams
Step by step guide to simple, lightweight, inexpensive trekking pants. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Google SketchUp Tutorial for MYOG Enthusiasts
by David Drake
MYOGers rejoice! SketchUp software, once mastered, can save you hours of guesswork and yards of material. 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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Members Only Map and Compass: A City-girl Walks Western Wilderness
by Anne O'Regan
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Members Only Cleaning Up after a Backpacking Meal... using Honey?
by Jeremy Sustare
A simple (and tasty) trick to keep your camp kitchen clean. Read More...
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Members Only On-Trail Route Finding: When the Trail is Hard to Follow
by David Chenault
"I've never been lost, but I was once a mite bewildered for a few days." - Daniel Boone Read More...
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How Backpacking Light Has Helped Our Camp Fire Council Take Kids Backpacking
by Mina Loomis
Developing a relationship with the outdoors and teaching others to do the same, introducing kids to the charm of the backcountry has a magic all its own. Read More...
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Members Only BushBuddy Stove Tweaks
by Robert Birch
A few simple modifications to make your BushBuddy faster and even more covet-worthy! Read More...
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How to Best Pack Your UL/Frameless Backpack with UL Gear
by Jen Matteis
The advantages of having a lightweight, frameless backpack are huge - but without that heavy frame, the backpack has all the qualities of a large sack. For maximum comfort, you'll need to pack carefully, in a way that gives your backpack form and balance. Read More...
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Members Only Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
by Tad Englund
Build an igloo using the “hub and spoke method” and lightweight backpacking tools. Read More...
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What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 2
by Tad Englund
Clothing, Footwear, Group Gear (Water Treatment, Stoves and Fuel, Shelter). Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts. Read More...
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Members Only Fast and Light Shoulder Season Footwear Tips
by David Chenault
Avoiding wet feet in the shoulders seasons can be impossible. Follow a few simple principles to ensure your feet are happy, no matter the conditions! Read More...
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What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1
by Tad Englund
The Lightweight Lesson, Essentials, Backpack, Sleeping Bag and Pad, Personal Kit. Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella
by Francis Tapon
Francis is an umbrella advocate, eschewing typical rainwear. Find out why he's backpacked over 12,500 miles with an umbrella... and decide if you should follow his lead. 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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Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method
by Skip Spitzer
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! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Down Vest
by Jerry Adams with editorial assistance from Addie Bedford
An easy introduction to working with down, this vest has no frills, bells, or whistles: just warm insulation where you need it most! Read More...
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Backpacking versus Thru-hiking
by Francis Tapon
Thru-hiking is not simply a longer version of a backpacking trip. Considering thru-hiking a long trail? Make sure you know what you're getting into and set yourself up for success. Read More...
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Members Only Guidelines for Grizzly Country
by David Chenault
While most grizzly behavior is predictable, there is always an extent to which animals are unpredictable, and thus hiking in grizzly country is inherently dangerous, even if the statistical hazard is very small. Read up on salient safety issues before your next late season backpacking or hunting trip. Read More...
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Completing a Thru-Hike
by Francis Tapon
What sets successful thru-hikers apart from the rest of the pack? Superfitnessawesomesauce? A trust fund? The best gear? The answer may surprise you. Read More...
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Members Only Smartphone Navigation
by Ken Knight
Use the ubiquitous smartphone to get where you're going, with details on four apps that support maps for more places (not just the States). All you need do is supply the adventure. Read More...
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Members Only Enjoying Backpacking with Kids: Part 2
by Luke Schmidt
The kid-sized kit: Gear should not become an end in itself. The point is to get out and enjoy the woods with kids. Ultralight gear is exciting because it enables kids to do things they could not otherwise do! Read More...
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Members Only Enjoying Backpacking with Kids: Part 1
by Luke Schmidt
Everything boils down to a few simple rules that can encompass a surprising range of scenarios! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Backpack Design
by Luke Schmidt
Tips and tricks expand upon previously published articles: check out Luke's six iterations and glean ideas for perfecting YOUR custom-made pack! Read More...
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MYOG: Group Pot Stand and Windscreen
by Benjamin Roode
What's better than a communal, one-pot meal between hiking buddies under the stars? Learn how to make a pot stand/windscreen that's sturdy enough to hold a large pot filled with dinner and light enough to not bow your backpack. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: eVent Rain/Wind Jacket
by Jerry Adams with editorial assistance from Addie Bedford
Turning 2.5 yards of high performance fabric into a lightweight, breathable rain jacket. Read More...
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Members Only Fast and Light Winter Travel
by Luc Mehl
Insights from the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic. Read More...
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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...
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MYOG: 3mil Plastic Tarps
by Jerry Adams
Practice makes perfect: using polyethylene to prototype designs means I can spend less and try more variations before sewing a final product in technical materials. Read More...
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Reader Tips: Best Way to Pitch a Tarp with Fewest Stakes or Guylines
by the BackpackingLight.com Readership
We asked, you answered! Responses to our solicitation for the best tarp pitch using the fewest poles, stakes, or guylines. Read More...
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MYOG Fleece Headgear
by Jerry Adams
Come see the softer side of making your own cozy fleece items! 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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Hand Sanitizers: My Journey Towards Discovering Best Practices for Wilderness Hygiene
by Ryan Jordan
Facilitating the transportation of fecal hitchhikers from your exhaust pipe orifice to your fuel filler neck orifice is one of the biggest backcountry threats. Stop these illegal immigrants en route, because we all know you can't close the border! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Silnylon Floorless 2-Person Tent
by Jerry Adams
A roomy floorless tent that sleeps two easily and four in a pinch, this 22-ounce beauty will be the pride of your pack! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Silnylon Backpack
by Jerry Adams
A gem of MYOG: with an 11-ounce weight and 3500-cubic-inch volume, this pack is simple to make and elegant to behold. 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...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Everything Weighs Something
by Charles Hill
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Runner Up! Read More...
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Into the Unknown, with Sturdy Footwear
by Andrew Wilson
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Runner Up! Read More...
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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...
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Every Ounce Counts
by Luke Ludwig
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Winner! Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: Aluminum Windscreen for Canister Stoves
by Jerry Adams
Functionality and practicality are the benefits of this windscreen that stores neatly within your cookpot. Read More...
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Members Only MYOG: The Poddle
by Dan Baker
Hiking poles + paddle blades = the Poddle, the ultimate multi-tool for hiking and packrafting or kayaking! Read More...
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Members Only Adventures in Laminating Silicone-Impregnated Fabrics
by Jim Colten
Silnylon and spinnaker fabric have long been mainstays in making ultralight gear, but they require careful construction to avoid failures at seams or damage from abrasion. Laminating the fabric offers a solution to those problems. Read More...
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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...
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24: Nine Months 'til Summer
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 3: The first big snowfall of the season (in September!) had us traversing the Hyalite-Cottonwood divide for snow hiking and camping. Read More...
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Backpacking: Baby on Board
by Nick Meynen
Hiking through the French Pyrenees is challenging for any young couple hoping to enjoy some relaxation and romance in between climbing passes and breaking camp. The afternoon heat - often ending in a violent thunderstorm - brings more than one overloaded backpacker to boiling point. Now enter a six-kilo, breast-fed, three-month-old baby. Great family trip or a bad idea? Read More...
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Members Only Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
by Kevin Sawchuk and Dave Chenault
With temperatures that ranged from -5 F to 40 F, the Bob Marshall Wilderness threw some formidable weather our way and reminded us: this stuff ain't for the faint of heart! Read More...
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Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing for Leather
by Roger Caffin
Treat your leather nicely, THEN abuse the ever-loving daylights out of it. Read More...

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