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ARTICLES People Biographies
Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
Alan Dixon, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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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...
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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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Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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Doug Johnson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Trekking Systems
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Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
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Rick Dreher
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Lighting and Navigation Systems
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Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
by Josh Mathe
Fastpacking the John Muir trail is a grueling yet rewarding challenge. Nevertheless, the main benefits are the lessons learned throughout the process that can be applied to your life. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 4
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 Places Trip Reports
Members Only Father & Son Re-unite in the Wind Rivers, WY
by Michael Boisvert
A journey defined by reunion, challenges, and a love of the outdoors, Michael and his son, Matt, share fellowship in the rugged Wind Rivers. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Can I Cook in my Tent?
by Roger Caffin
Cooking in a tent has revolved around a stigma of gear destruction and personal harm. Cooking in a tent is not that dangerous and being responsible and aware of the hazards allows for safe cooking in a tent. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Packrafting without a Good Map
by Luke Schmidt
Despite losing their map during a stream crossing early in the trip, the adventurers trek on determined to hit the big water. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 3
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 People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 18
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 3
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of the Sil-Dripper Coffee Brewer, the Elemental Horizons Pocket, and the Klymit Motion 35 Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 2
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 Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking
by Ryan Jordan
Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
by Ryan Jordan
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 1
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 State of the Market Reports
Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
by Ryan Jordan
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Pockets for Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packs
by Darin Banner
Make your own lightweight and effective side pockets for HMG porter. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only RapidPure Filters Review
by Roger Caffin
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof
by Darin Banner
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 15
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only The Best Backpack in the Whole Wide World
by Darin Banner
MYOG: A pack that weighs less than a pound, carries 30 pounds while transferring load to the hips, and is ideal for multi-day ultralight expeditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt
by Roger Caffin
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Features
Members Only Expedition Blogging, Part 1: A Satellite Phone-Based System
by Ryan Jordan
A series of articles evaluating platforms for social media, photo blogging, and two-way email communications. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 14
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
by Ryan Jordan
Featuring the author's live journals as well as a detailed assessment of trekking gear used on the trip. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo
by Matthew Pullan
The Bora Smock is certainly not at the pinnacle of ultralight gear, nevertheless it is a versatile piece of clothing that maintains breathability while offering warmth and excellent waterproofing. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 13
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Cinnamon Monkey Bread
by Ken Larson
The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only Martin Titanium Knife
by Ryan Jordan
Weighing about the equivalent of half an ounce (16 M&M's) this knife has a 2.75 inch blade that easily guts fish and small game. Better yet it self-sharpens. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
The Greatest Trip That Never Happened
by Scott Morris
Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)
by Ryan Jordan
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 12
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Research Reviews
Members Only Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
by Matthew Morrissey
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
by David Chenault
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
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...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Gear Guide: Packrafts
by Ryan Jordan
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview
by Ryan Jordan
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 11
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...

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