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ARTICLES People Biographies
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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Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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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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Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
Alan Dixon, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
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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...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
by Roger Caffin
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Top Ultralight Tent Review
by Sean McDevitt
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
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 Reviews
Members Only Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
by David Chenault
For their first ever attempt, Black diamond created a versatile, durable, and waterproof windshirt that raises the bar for ultralight windshirts. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
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...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Concerning the Wilderness Serape
by David Chenault
Despite the added weight, a Serape is a versatile piece of backpacking gear that can help manage the sudden weather changes. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Gränsfors-Bruks Mini Hatchet Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not a part of the traditional lightweight backpacker's gear list, a hatchet is a great piece of gear that can bring a unique perspective to fire building and shelter making. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 2
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 Reviews
Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A performance review of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Lil' Bugout Shelter Review
by David Chenault
An uncommon design transforms the Lil' Bugout into a weather fortress. And it has plenty of space to keep you cozy as you weather the storms. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
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...
ARTICLES Technology Features
Members Only ISPO 2014, Munich, Part 3
by Matthew Pullan (editorial assistance from Roger Caffin)
We've covered the materials, the combinations, and now ISPO wraps up with a look at some innovative ski gear. Read More...
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Members Only ISPO 2014, Munich, Part 2
by Matthew Pullan (editorial assistance from Roger Caffin)
ISPO 2014 features some innovative products. From sleep systems to clothing the new technology is exciting. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Overboots as Mukluks: Basecamp Footwear for Ski Mountaineers
by Ryan Jordan
Hardshell double boots, common amongst ski mountaineers using modern alpine touring or telemark equipment, make for miserable discomfort during extended stays in camp. Adding a pair of thin neoprene overboots at less than a pound allows one to kick off the plastics and enjoy basecamp slippers while keeping feet warm and dry in the coldest weather. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Research Reviews
Members Only ISPO 2014, Munich
by Matthew Pullan (editorial assistance from Roger Caffin)
The ISPO features sports business and their latest products. Despite the big emphasis on winter activities, it is exciting to see what is coming down the pipeline. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1
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 Reviews
Members Only AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
by Ryan Jordan
Combining the best of both worlds, AT Nordic ski systems give you comfort, stability, and lightweight as you explore the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
by Roger Caffin
The flagship of New Balances's 2014 lineup, the MT910s perform well in a myriad of conditions and provide comfort and stability while on the trail. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
by Georgieann Lilgreen
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
by Will Rietveld
With room for sleeping and gear storage as well as a durable construction that can handle a range of weather conditions, the HMG UltaMid is an ideal shelter for lightweight backcountry travel. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Thru Running New York’s Long Path
by Kenneth Posner
New York's long path is a gem - nestled in the middle of a sprawling metropolis, this path cuts through the city taking you northward to the peaceful woods. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
by David Chenault
Backpackable wood stoves will add weight to your pack, but they have many benefits, such as, peace of mind, warmth, and the ability to dry wet gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Make Your Own Gear
Members Only MYOG: A flexible frame for ultralight backpacks
by David Chenault
Ultralight packs are great for your back, but for strapping outdoor gear onto your pack a frame is nice. Lightweight frames are hard to come by. The solution: make your own. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay
by Ryan Connelly (Photos by Emily Beers)
The ultralight boot camp is exactly like it sounds; it prepares you to meet unexpected challenges in the wilderness. Plus it's a lot of fun and the scenery is stunning. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Into the Gray
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
The story of one man’s obsession with the Lake Superior Shoreline in winter. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Winter Cabineering - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan
Winter Cabineering not only makes your sleep more enjoyable, but you can save pack weight as well. It's a creative and unique way to winter camp. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Winter Cabineering - Part 1: Video Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Winter Cabineering is a great way to spend time outdoors and still be warm. Don't worry, the cabins should be plenty rustic so you can still get away from it all. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
by David Chenault
While it may be on the heavy side of ultralight, Paradox has worked hard to make each ounce count succeeding in creating a pack that excels at carrying extremely heavy loads. Read More...
ARTICLES People Interviews
Beyond Our Boundaries: The Story of a Family of Five Thru-Hiking the AT in 2014
by Ryan Jordan and Damien Tougas
Thru-hiking with your family is a logistical and financial challenge, but if you are looking to become closer or want to have an adventure, look no further! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
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...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 3: Performance of Inverted Canister and White Gas Stoves For Boiling Water and Melting Snow at Subzero (F) Temperatures
by Ryan Jordan
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Staff Picks
2013 Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
As we close out the year, take a minute and see which gear our staff uses often. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 2 of "Learn to Packraft!" provides an overview of stillwater packrafting gear and techniques. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
2013 Photo Contest Winners!
by BPL Staff
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only New England Traverse: Discovering a Wilderness Route
by John Fox
It's rare to find a remote route when trying to traverse New England. Worse yet, at the current rate this will only get worse. This could be remedied with greater conservation efforts in the region in an effort to preserve this beautiful land. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Exploring the Effects of Cold Temperatures, Canister Inversion, Snow Melting, and Heat Exchanger Systems
by Ryan Jordan
A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
by Kevin Sawchuk
The winter can make popular locations your personal sanctuary; however avalanche safety and preparation are crucial to enjoying the pristine conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Snags with Tags
by Sydney Aveson
Curious on whether or not tags add significant weight to your gear? Well they don't! And there are far better ways to cut down on your gear weight! Read More...

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