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Members Only 5 Beginning Concepts for Winter Backpacking
by David Chenault
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Members Only Backpacking and the Bruin Mind
by R. Clinton Ohlers
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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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 Considerations for Selecting a Lightweight Backpacking Stove
by Will Rietveld
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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 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 Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
by Mike Clelland!
Mike Clelland! has gone stakeless! 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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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 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 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 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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Every Ounce Counts
by Luke Ludwig
We asked, you answered: Lightweight Testimony Contest Winner! 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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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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Members Only Fast and Light Winter Travel
by Luc Mehl
Insights from the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic. Read More...
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Fast and Light with Gary Scott: Lightweight Backpacking and Climbing Strategies
by Gary Scott
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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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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 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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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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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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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 Hiking Efficiency: A Day in the Life of an Ultralight Hiker
by Ryan Jordan
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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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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 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 Hypothermia
by Darin Banner
Avoiding and treating hypothermia in the backcountry with ultralight equipment. 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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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 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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