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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Delmar's Poll
by Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell
Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences. 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 The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
by David Chenault
From humble beginnings to the sophisticated and lightweight packs, the ultralight backpack is a tale filled with adaptation and pushing the balance of weight and features. Read More...
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Members Only Rescue Insurance for Backpackers
by Rex Sanders
Rescue Insurance can be the difference between hefty bills and peace of mind. In either case getting rescued is the main priority, but your most expensive bill might surprise you. 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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Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
by Ryan Jordan
A short film about the challenges we face when trying to expose young men to backcountry experiences. Read More...
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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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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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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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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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2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011. Read More...
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Members Only Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems
by Ryan Jordan
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry. Read More...
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2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/place of 2010. 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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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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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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2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009. Read More...
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Garmin Oregon 550t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera
by Ryan Jordan
While GPS units are getting bigger and heavier, at least they are also becoming more functional. The Garmin Oregon 550t integrates 100k topo maps, a hi-res display, and a 3.2MP digital camera. 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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2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008. Read More...
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BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference
by Don Wilson
The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light! Read More...
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Backpacking Light Magazine Announces Discontinuation of Print Version
by Ryan Jordan
Publisher Ryan Jordan recalls moments worth celebrating. Read More...
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To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Allison Miller
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Allison Miller. Read More...
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To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Jim Bailey
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Jim Bailey. Read More...
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To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Mark Henley
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Mark Henley. Read More...
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Members Only Slow Travel
by Simon Clissold
Traveling light, simple... and slow Read More...
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2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007 Read More...
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Members Only Why I Go Light
by Craig Mortensen
Trends Editor Craig Mortensen discusses the joys of simplification and describes his transition to an ultralight load. Read More...
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Catoma Outdoor Twist and Worm Tents Set Up at the Drop of a Hat (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
New manufacturer of tents with potential for lightweight backpacking, if they make the tents available with lighter fabrics. Read More...
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Useful New Products From Sea To Summit
by Will Rietveld
Several lightweight, well-designed, multi-purpose products to aid the lightweight backpacker, while reducing our environmental impacts. Read More...
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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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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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2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
An eclectic assortment of favorite gear for 2006. Read More...
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Backpacking Light Print vs. Online Magazines: Vision for 2006 and Beyond
by the Editorial Board
A letter to the readers of Backpacking Light Magazine. Read More...
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2005 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by the BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2005 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
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NOLS Sees the Light
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light Magazine Partners with GoLite, NOLS, to Bring Lightweight Backpacking Courses to NOLS Curriculum Read More...
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Chlorine Dioxide No-Mix Water Treatment Solution Coming to US Outdoor Market
by Ryan Jordan
Pre-mixed, one-step chlorine dioxide water treatment / disinfection solution. No mixing and easy to use. Say goodbye to iodine. Read More...
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On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
by Ryan Jordan
My guess is that if you feel the need to add a GPS unit for "safety" or "efficiency", then you've got more serious gaps in your skill set that need to be addressed. Read More...
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Publisher's View: Bear Predation (Commentary)
by Ryan Jordan
Do bear canisters reflect poor management policy and only serve to increase bear tolerance of humans? Read More...
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Backpacking Light Editor Receives National Award for Volunteer Efforts
by Carol Crooker
Forest Service award recognizes Will Rietveld and spouse Janet Reichl for Leave No Trace education and research. Read More...
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Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork
by the BackpackingLight.com Readership
Results of a BackpackingLight.com reader contest, featuring the Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork List, and "Ode to a Spork" cowboy poetry by Paul Johnson. Read More...
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Small Packs for Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
Backpacking Light Publisher Ryan Jordan outlines the benefits of small packs: load stability, bushwhacking ease, and to elicit those "Hey, you day hikin'?" comments from others. Read More...
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The Benefits of Going Light
by Glen Van Peski
Commentary on the multiple benefits of lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff 2005: The Scoop!
by Don Wilson
Report from the Annual Day Zero PCT Kickoff 2005. Read More...
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Perseverance Mills' Perseverance Loses Weight: Is the Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away?
by Ryan Jordan
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Waterproof, Softshell, or Lost?
by Ryan Jordan
Op-Ed: what is the utility of a garment that offers the disadvantages of both hard and soft shells? Read More...
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In Memoriam: Blake Morstad - 1980 - 2005
by Ryan Jordan
BackpackingLight.com Staff Member dies in avalanche in Montana's Centennial Mountains. Read More...
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2004 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2004 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
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Backpacking Light Position Statement on Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
by the BackpackingLight.com Review Staff
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