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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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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 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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Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
by Ryan Jordan
This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments! Read More...
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Members Only Overboots as Mukluks: Basecamp Footwear for Ski Mountaineers
by Ryan Jordan
Hardshell double boots, common amongst ski mountaineers using modern alpine touring or telemark equipment, make for miserable discomfort during extended stays in camp. Adding a pair of thin neoprene overboots at less than a pound allows one to kick off the plastics and enjoy basecamp slippers while keeping feet warm and dry in the coldest weather. Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 3: Performance of Inverted Canister and White Gas Stoves For Boiling Water and Melting Snow at Subzero (F) Temperatures
by Ryan Jordan
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting. Read More...
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Members Only Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 2 of "Learn to Packraft!" provides an overview of stillwater packrafting gear and techniques. Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Exploring the Effects of Cold Temperatures, Canister Inversion, Snow Melting, and Heat Exchanger Systems
by Ryan Jordan
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting. Read More...
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Members Only Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs
by Ryan Jordan
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting. Read More...
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Members Only Backpacking with a Newborn
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Don't lose hope - Backpacking is still possible with infants. Read More...
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Members Only Hydration for Lightweight Backpackers
by Kevin Sawchuk
Dehydration is more than water loss - it's about the salts too. Read More...
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Members Only Learn to Packraft! Episode 1: An Introduction to Packrafting
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 1 of "Learn to Packraft!" introduces you to the wonderful sport of packrafting! 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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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 3: M-SUL Base Weight Gear Lists
by Will Rietveld
Gear lists that demonstrate how easy it is to “make weight” for M-SUL and at the same time have all the shelter, insulation, and rain protection you need to stay dry, warm, and comfortable in the high country. 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 Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2C: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Cooking, Water, Trekking Poles, and Accessories
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2B: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Rainwear, Insulation, Headwear, Handwear, and Footwear
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 2A: Selecting the Lightest, Most Functional Gear - Backpack, Shelter, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 1: Concepts and Scope.
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
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Members Only Packing for Adventure Travel: Ultralight Tips to Integrate Wilderness and Urban Kit
by Ryan Jordan
Packing to combine adventure travel and wilderness recreation. Read More...
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Members Only Spring Snow Trekking Gear List
by Ryan Jordan
Ryan shares his ideal gear list for late-winter, early-spring trekking. By utilizing a snow shelter and making a few adjustments to your kit, you can push the limits of your conventional 3-season gear. Read More...
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Members Only An Introduction to Nordic and Backcountry Ski Gear: Part 2 - Advanced Nordic Ski Mountaineering on UL Tele Gear
by Forrest McCarthy
It is natural for skiers, as their skills improve, to seek more challenging terrain. And, with access to mountainous landscapes, it is inevitable for a skier to enter the realm of ski mountaineering. An overview of UL backcountry ski mountaineering gear and discussion of proper gear choice. Read More...
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Members Only An Introduction to Nordic and Backcountry Ski Gear
by Alan Dixon and Mike Martin
A Primer to Backcountry Ski Travel – Why you can and should overnight ski in the backcountry Read More...
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Members Only Camping in the Snow
by Roger Caffin
Proper gear choices, site selection, and preparation techniques can make or break a winter excursion. Read More...
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Members Only Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
While it sounds romantic to be able to trek in hemp-strapped huaraches or five-toed skins, the reality of wild places and the limitations of your body’s biomechanics may necessitate a different type of minimalist footwear. Read More...
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Members Only 5 Beginning Concepts for Winter Backpacking
by David Chenault
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Members Only Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
by Ryan Jordan
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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...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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The 45-Year-Old Boy Scout
by Frank Steele
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Runner Up! Read More...
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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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Every Ounce Counts
by Luke Ludwig
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Winner! 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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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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All the Gear a Guy Could Want
by Ryan Jordan
I like gear. I collect gear with an almost rabid enthusiasm, and I almost always have a place to put it. Read More...
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Get Out Now!
by Matt Colon
Six steps to streamline your planning from dreaming up a trip to walking out the door. Read More...
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One Night At A Time
by Mike Clelland!
Quit making it so hard: jeepers, just cram a few things in your pack and let's go! 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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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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Backcountry Fly Fishing with Tenkara: Ultralight Style and Simplicity
by Ryan Jordan
The literal translation of the Japanese word 'Tenkara' is 'from Heaven.' Fitting for a lightweight fly rod characterized by elegance, grace, and simplicity. 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 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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Philmont Scout Ranch: How Light Can You Go?
by Doug Prosser
After taking a Wilderness Trekking course from Andrew Skurka and Don Wilson, I wanted to try the Philmont Scout Ranch in a UL style. By stepping out of my existing comfort zone, I discovered a whole new one. Read More...
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Selling Lightweight: How Retailers Can Help Your Pack Weight
by Brad Groves
The interactions between retailer and consumer can have a dramatic influence on the gear carried and experience had by a consumer. We examine the tools both retailers and consumers can use in evaluating gear and determining the best lightweight options for individuals. 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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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 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 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 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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My UL Frenzy: Twenty-Five Weekends of Backpacking in the White Mountains and Beyond
by James Bailey
2008: A Year of Change. Follow Jim Bailey on his rabid quest to hike every possible weekend between March and November, despite living in New England with its record-breaking weather. 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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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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Packraft Wet Reentry Photo Demo
by Matt Hage (photos) and Roman Dial (text)
Foot entrapment among submerged rocks is the leading killer of whitewater boaters. Think about it: the most common way to die while boating is by doing something OUTSIDE your boat! Read More...
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Members Only Essential Canister Stove Maintenance
by Roger Caffin
There you are, way out in the wilderness in bad weather, getting ready for dinner, and your canister stove fails. Now what? Rescue in the field is possible for many problems: learn rescue how-to and the technical details of why it has happened. Read More...
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Members Only Pitching a Tent in the Snow
by Roger Caffin
Want to try tenting in the snow, but haven't done it before and not sure how? Haven't time in the evening to build a snow cave or an igloo just for one night? We walk you through the basics of what gear you need, how to choose a good site, how to create a platform, and how to pitch your tent (or a tarptent if you are brave). 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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Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters
by Ryan Jordan
Foremost among the challenges that spring hikers face is the presence of melting snow and the prospect of continuously wet feet. Ryan Jordan presents his two favorite footwear systems for cold or warm spring conditions. 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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Lightweight Testimony: Mother Nature Insisted I Go Light
by Carol Crooker
Carol Crooker's essay on enlightenment shows that Mother Nature can be a pushy broad, but she gets the job done. Read More...
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Lightweight Testimony: My Journey into Lightweight Backpacking
by Jamie Shortt
The true story of how Jamie survived in the woods with his paper coat. Read More...
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Not a Day on any Calendar
by Bill Stadwiser
Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School Photo Essay. Read More...
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Lightweight Testimony: Lighter, Farther, Faster
by Steve Hinkle
Steve Hinkle relays that carrying all the comforts of home ultimately made for a miserable trail experience, and how shedding "comforts" was actually more pleasant in the long run. Read More...
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Lightweight Testimony: Jim Sweeney's Enlightenment via Lead Weights, Helium Balloons, and Yachting
by Jim Sweeney
"I guess I first realized my pack weight had to change when I was in intensive care recovering from a bad fishing trip." Read More...
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Staff Videocast: Cowboy Coffee
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
How do BPL Staffers stay warm, hydrated, and caffeinated in the backcountry? Read More...
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A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered
by Tony Wong
Lightweight Testimony: Tony Wong Finds, Loses, and Rediscovers a Lightweight Passion. Read More...
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Members Only Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
by Chris Townsend
Cold & wet: really only good when it describes your dog's nose. But you can still be comfy in these conditions with the right (lightweight) gear. Read More...
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Members Only When Things Go Wrong
by Roger Caffin
Roger Caffin shares his adventure in misadventure. Read More...
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Members Only Done in a Day
by Kevin Sawchuk
Kevin Sawchuk shares his how-to on fast day hikes, and his why-to, too. Read More...
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Foot Care Supplies for Sandal-packing
by Ryan Jordan
Ryan Jordan shares his foot care advice for sandal-packing. Read More...
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Members Only Sandals for Summer Backpacking
by Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend shares his sandal wearing experience. Read More...
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Necessity vs. Importance: Considering Ultralight Essentials
by Ryan Jordan
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight Publisher, Ryan Jordan. Read More...
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Members Only Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
by Mike Clelland!
Mike Clelland! has gone stakeless! Read More...
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Packraft Rating (PR) System
by Roman Dial
Roman Dial demystifies whitewater for the packrafter wanting to understand the natural progression of learning to packraft in the context of increasingly difficult whitewater. Read More...
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Members Only An Ultralighter Paddles on the Dark Side: Packrafting a Remote Canyon "Heavy" Style
by Carol Crooker
Packrafters need to limit their gear so it fits on the bow of their six-foot-long craft. This means dehydrated food for dinner, sleeping under a tarp and wearing wet clothes dry. What is river running like when big rafts haul the food and gear...Can an ultralight packrafter be enticed to the dark side? Read More...
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Members Only Decision-Making and the Lightweight Pack
by Mike Clelland and Phil Schneider, edited by Mike Martin
Carrying a lightweight pack has consequences, but they might not be what you think. Read More...
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Members Only Hypothermia
by Darin Banner
Avoiding and treating hypothermia in the backcountry with ultralight equipment. Read More...
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Members Only Reducing Winter Pack Weight: Wood Fire Cooking in the Snow
by Kevin Sawchuk
For the hardcore ultralighter, cooking over wood fires in the winter offers a way to substantially reduce pack weight on longer trips, adds a bit of warmth around camp, and forces you to learn fire skills that just might save your life someday. Read More...
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Members Only Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
by Bill Stadwiser
Bill Stadwiser explores the practical and emotional rewards of cooking over wood in the backcountry. Read More...
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A Case Study of Unsupported, Roadless, Long Distance Trekking:
Part 1. Pack Weight, Distance, and Caloric Balance

by Ryan Jordan
It seems obvious that backpack weight and daily mileage will be inversely proportional. But how many days, how many miles per day, and how much food weight are required in order to maximize the total distance traveled without resupply? And what happens when the theory is tested in the Arctic over 600 miles of America's most remote, roadless, uninhabited wilderness? Read More...
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Camera Selection Basics for the Lightweight Backpacker
by Franco Darioli
Features for a lightweight backpacker to look for in a digital or film camera. 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 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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Members Only Considerations for Selecting a Lightweight Backpacking Stove
by Will Rietveld
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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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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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Wireless in the Wilderness: An Overview of Communications Technologies for Backpackers
by Eric Kammerer
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Lightweight Backpacking with Young Children
by Stephanie and Ryan Jordan
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Lightweight Backpacking for Couples
by Alison Simon and Alan Dixon
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