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ARTICLES People Biographies
Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
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Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing 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
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Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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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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Rick Dreher
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Lighting and Navigation Systems
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Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
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Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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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 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...
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 Trends Commentary
Delmar's Poll
by Roger Caffin and Delmar O'Donnell
Delmar O'Donnell conducted a poll of BPL readers and teamed with Roger Caffin to relay the results which tell a lot about the BPL demographic and their backpacking preferences. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
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 How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel
by Brock Delinski
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
The Yellowstone Paddling Dilemma
by Chase Jordan
Hand Propelled Vessels are banned in Yellowstone National Park. This is in direct violation of the Park's founding principles. Not only should HPVs be allowed on Yellowstone's waterways but their presence will improve the health of the ecosystem. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker
by David Chenault
Canyoneering is challenging as it offers an opportunity to tackle a variety of terrain using new gear. Combining canyoneering with backpacking is a recipe for a legendary trip. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Still My Favorite Cook Kit
by Darin Banner
An Esbit cook system is very lightweight, fuel efficient, and ideal for warm-weather, solo cooking. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only The Timberline Trail
by David Pex
Similar to its cousin, the Wonderland Trail which circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, the Timberline Trail traces the shadow of Mt. Hood and makes for a spectacular journey. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 9
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 Interviews
Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa
by Ryan Jordan
Taking an ultralight mindset to Africa requires an adjustment, but the lessons learned and the experiences had in Africa are rarely matched. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Wonderland Trail
by David Pex
As it circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, the Wonderland Trail offers some stunning views and excellent camping spots. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Yosemite Adventures
by Matt Johanson
Yosemite is a wild place and has incredible wilderness opportunities for hikers, climbers, and skiers. Read More...
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Members Only Montbell Down Hugger 900 #2 Sleeping Bag Review
by Will Rietveld
Great water resistance, loft, and warmth makes the Montbell Hugger an ideal sleeping bag. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 8
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 Biographies
Pick Up Your Feet
by Ben Montgomery (with Eric Vann)
Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo-thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Her journey saved the trail and her legacy continues to shape the ultralight backpacking movement. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Onto The Shelf
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
Extremely rare conditions led to a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the stunning ice shelf on Lake Superior. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Deejo UL Knives
by Roger Caffin
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Members Only Bikepacking at the Cusp
by David Chenault
Nice gear is an added bonus, but don't get distracted by the research or gear hunting - the main goal is to get outside often! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Rambling the High Sierra
by Ryan Jordan
There are so many ways to navigate through the Sierras - why not try them all? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Exped Lightning 60 Review
by Luke Schmidt
Due to a robust internal frame, this pack not only excels at carrying either heavy or light loads, but it's also rather comfortable and lightweight. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 7
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
Jiva Coffee Cubes
by Roger Caffin
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
100 Mile Wilderness
by Matt Heid
The 100 mile wilderness is vast - and challenging. Thru-hikers often complete the whole traverse in a few days, but slowing down will offer spectacular views and an even more memorable experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not commonly found in most hiker's packs, the lightweight and superior construction of this bivy offers good value for a bivy that occupies a narrow market niche occupied by very few products. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
by Michael Martin
Just a stones throw form the DC metropolitan area, the Massanutten Trail offers outstanding views and challenges for new and experienced backpackers alike. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 6
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 Training for Backpacking
by David Chenault
Training for backpacking (a fun activity) need not be complicated or painful. Get in a routine and make each session count. Your long trips will thank you. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 5
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
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 Trends Trend Reports
An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
by Yvon Chouinard
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo
by Sean McDevitt
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
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 People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 3
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...

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