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ARTICLES People Biographies
Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
Alan Dixon, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
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Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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Doug Johnson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Trekking Systems
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Carol Crooker
by Backpacking Light Editor-in-Chief
Carol Crooker, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Andrew Skurka
by Business Development Intern, Backpacking Light Magazine
7,800 miles of walking found Skurka in Bozeman, MT as part of the Backpacking Light team. Read More...
ARTICLES People Biographies
Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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Rick Dreher
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Lighting and Navigation Systems
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ARTICLES Gear
Flash Reviews No. 10
by Jonathan Davis and Ryan Jordan
Flash Reviews No. 10: La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, Nalgene Flask Read More...
ARTICLES People Historical & Documentary
Members Only John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies
by Chase Jordan
An historical comparison of the philosophies of two of the leading pioneers of conservation and the wilderness regions they helped create. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West
by David Chenault
Backpacking in the west can be physically challenging and logistically belittling to the uninitiated however don't let that stop you! The rewards of this exploration are worth the hardship. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19
by Jonathan Davis
News this week: Get a look at the Tahoe Rim Trail, a stove shootout, meet the founder of Soul RIver Runs Wild, and more. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 9
by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 9: MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, Thrunite Ti-3. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only The California Crest: a northbound mental map
by Max Stoffregen
An author and composer writes a music suite based off his memories on the PCT. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18
by Jonathan Davis
News This Week: Wrangell Alaska is left high and dry, a backpacker survives fifty meter fall, spend the day trekking Tahoma, a Camp Chef Stove that weighs 8.3 ounces, and much more. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
by Mina Loomis
A challenging yet rewarding trip exposes these youth to the joys of backpacking and kindles their love of the outdoors. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 8
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 8: Paleo Meals To Go, Good Wipes, and Lite Trail NyloPro Bags. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Walking Still in the Desert
by Drew Smith
A place of stillness and calm, the desert can be a harsh, dry environment but for many it is a haven for contemplation and peace. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 17
by Jonathan Davis
News this week: Rising Arctic Temperatures, California’s El Nino, Yellowstone Rangers Save a Man’s Life, Turn a Low-Cost Tent into a Great Tent, and Much More. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
by Dave Chenault, Photos by Meredith Chenault and the author
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is home to some of the best wilderness packrafting in the lower 48 with options for novices and experts alike. Explore this beautiful country just remember to be mindful of our responsibility to care for this land. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 7
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 16
by Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann
News this week: Get a look inside the 2015 Everest Climbing Season, Have Some Tea After Completing the Mt. Huashan Trail, Get to Know Author Frederick H. Swanson, and Much More! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
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...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 6
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 6: Fenix HL23 Headlamp, MSR Windboiler Stove, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only Layering for Beginners
by David Chenault
Layering can be the difference between misery and joy when facing inclement conditions in the outdoors. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
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...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent
by Jeremy Hankinson
Making your own tent will challenge your ingenuity, but it gives you total control over your shelter. The process can be simplified with this step-by-step guide for making your own lightweight tent. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
Members Only Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska
by Jörgen Johansson
A solo, multi-week expedition along the Brooks Range proves to be mentally and physically challenging as the author faced uncertain conditions and rugged terrain. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 5
by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 5: Excalibur Dehydrator #3526TCDB, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze, LuminAid PackLite 16 Version 2 Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only ISPO 2015: Part 3
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
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Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14
by Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann
News this week: The U.S. Senate votes yes on SA 838, Eric Barone becomes the fastest man on a mountain bike, YouTube opens 360 video uploading, an off-trail route in King's Canyon, Exped Lightning Review, and much more! Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only MYOG: Hanging Stove System
by Darin Banner
In the winter, depending on snow conditions a fully-enclosed shelter can be preferred in which case a hanging stove system will still allow you to cook from the comfort of your shelter. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Iridium GO! First Look
by Alan Dixon
The Iridium GO! gives you access to technology even in remote locations by creating a backcountry WiFi hotspot for multiple smartphones. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 13
by Eric Vann
News this week: Expedition Brings Sight to the Blind in Nepal, Skiing in the Cascades, Gear needed to Hike PCT in the Winter, 83-Year-Old who Runs a Ski Resort, and much more! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure
by Leanne Hennessy
The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
ISPO 2015: Part 2
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review
by Roger Caffin
Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 12
by Eric Vann
News this week: Steger's Solo Winter Traverse through the Boundary Waters, the 235-mile Trans-Adirondack Route, ISPO 2015, and more! Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Amateur Backpacking Videography
by Luke Schmidt
Videography with an emphasis on the pursuit of the "perfect" shot and the ensuing editing can be time consuming, daunting, and distract from your trip. The author presents tactics to make it easier and record your adventures. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
ISPO 2015
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 11
by Eric Vann
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Backcountry Brews
by Paul Magnanti
Still not great as the real deal, Pat's Backcountry Brewery is a nice lightweight option to enjoy some beer in the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Candle Stoves
by Russell Lawson (with minor assistance from Roger Caffin)
The quest for the best ultralight stove continues...and it depends on how you define the "best". What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 5: Infra-Red testing
by Roger Caffin and John Linn
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. This installment focuses on infra-red testing. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 10
by Eric Vann
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports. Read More...