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ARTICLES People Biographies
Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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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...
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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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Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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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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Doug Johnson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Trekking Systems
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Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
Alan Dixon, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
ARTICLES People Biographies
Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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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 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 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 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 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 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 J├Ârgen 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...
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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 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...
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A very inexpensive yet lightweight and effective stove. Works great for small-group, overnight cooking. 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...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Steripen Classic 3: Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
SteriPEN has heeded our pleas and its newest model continues to offer great water treatment while getting rid of some of the bugs from previous models. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay
by Luke Schmidt
Saved by the Guadalupe Mountains, the author learns to live in West Texas and begins to enjoy the area with weekend visits to the mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
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 24
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 Techniques
Members Only Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
by David Chenault
Much like the ultralight backpacking movement, ultralight hunting is beginning to grow in popularity due to gear innovation as hunters look for a more holistic hunting experience. As new gear begins to push the envelope, we turn our discussion to a what is the definition of 'ultralight hunting'? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
West Canada Lakes Wilderness
by Adam Klagsbrun
A beautiful wilderness with incredible fishing rehabilitated after years of logging and industry use. Just don't forget your lake packraft...you'll need it! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 8
by Eric Vann
Outdoor news: stories, gear, trips, and more! Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 4
by Ryan Jordan
Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 23
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 Walking in Nepal
by Scott Morris
Desperate for an authentic Nepalese experience, the author takes to the less-traveled trekking routes to learn about himself and the area's beauty. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 22
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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