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2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
An eclectic assortment of the staff's favorite gear for 2012. Read More...
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Be Prepared, Not Equipped
by Brad Groves
The main reason my pack got lighter was because I realized that being prepared had little to do with the equipment I carried. Read More...
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Members Only Commentary: The Packraft in 2013
by David Chenault
Ten years ago, packrafters had few options. Today, the choices are many, and the future looks very promising. Read More...
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Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
by Jonathan Davis
News this week: Mt. Everest Avalanche Adds to Tragedy in Nepal, The U.S. Outdoor Act of 2015, Take a Trip Through the North York Moors, Craig Weiland Discovers a New Diatom, and much more! Read More...
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Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style
by Benjamin Roode
I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me? Read More...
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Lose Your Baggage, Pal
by Ryan Jordan
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OR Fever! Covering Outdoor Retailer with Backpacking Light
by Don Wilson
A day in the life of BPL editors in Salt Lake City. Read More...
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Members Only Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel
by Jen Matteis
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” -Henry David Thoreau Read More...
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Playing in the Snow: A Day at Backcountry Base Camp
by Mike Martin (audio interview by Ken Knight)
The Backpackinglight teams spends a day at Backcountry Base Camp prior to the start of the show. Read More...
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Seven Million Toasters: A Tribute to Coghlan's 50th Birthday
by Ryan Jordan
Coghlan's celebrates 50 years of service to the Outdoor Industry. Read More...
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The Evolution of Fastpacking
by Ed Tyanich
How do the classic fastpacking offerings by Ultimate Direction compare to a pack of today? Read More...
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The Perils of Certainty
by Ken Knight
Making decisions based on incorrect information negates stellar gear and knowledge, leading to trouble. It can happen far more easily than many of us would care to admit. Read More...
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Members Only The Politics of Cottage Consumption
by Benjamin Payne
Defining the role we, as consumers, play in shaping the lightweight industry. Read More...
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The SUL Mindset, Part 1: Redefining SUL
by Ryan Jordan
The SUL Mindset may be more than gear weights, and performance standards. Read More...
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The Yellowstone Paddling Dilemma
by Chase Jordan
Hand Propelled Vessels are banned in Yellowstone National Park. This is in direct violation of the Park's founding principles. Not only should HPVs be allowed on Yellowstone's waterways but their presence will improve the health of the ecosystem. Read More...
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Members Only What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills
by James Long
Preppers, Primitive Skills, the Military, and Hunters are all groups of people that have learned to thrive outdoors in their own way. Backpackers can take lessons from these other groups to make them more successful. Read More...