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ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only The 60-Second Backpacker: Episode 2, Leave the Kitchen Sink at Home
by Ryan Jordan
The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Members Only Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 Wrap-Up
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A summary review of new gear, trends, and news from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015. Read More...
ARTICLES People Biographies
Doug Johnson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Trekking Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Rick Dreher
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Lighting and Navigation Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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ARTICLES People Biographies
Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
Visit Ryan's Personal Website: RyanJordan.com Read More...
ARTICLES People Biographies
Carol Crooker
by Backpacking Light Editor-in-Chief
Carol Crooker, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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
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 Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 14
by Jonathan Davis
MetroWild Rolling Luggage/Backpack, Outdoor Research 27 L Drycomp Summit Sack, Kestrel Knives Ti-Backpacker. Read More...
ARTICLES People Interviews
Members Only Faces No. 2: Jim Harris
by Jonathan Davis
An interview with Adventure photographer Jim Harris of Perpetual Weekend. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends News
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 23
by Jonathan Davis
Top stories, hiking, backpacking, people, and all things outdoors. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 13
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 13: Trail Designs Toaks 850ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle, Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight, Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralight Towel. Read More...
ARTICLES People Interviews
Members Only Faces
by Jonathan Davis
An Interview with Dan Durston from IntoCascadia.com Read More...
ARTICLES Trends News
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 22
by Jonathan Davis
In this week's news: Crew One completes #windrivers 2015, bear advice from a controversial figure, compare tent options, and more. Read More...
ARTICLES Technology Test Reports
Members Only A Brief Look at Lindal Valves
by James D. Marco and Roger Caffin
Testing shows debris could be inside canister fuels. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 12
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 12: Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles, All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet, MyCharge Portable Device Charger. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Microadventures: Breaking Down the Barriers of Visiting a Wild Place
by Ryan Jordan
Microadventures are exactly that - tiny little trips with minimal fuss, minimal gear, and maximum bang for the buck. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends News
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 21
by Jonathan Davis
Teenaged expeditioners + news, gear, and stories. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Little Red Wagon GEO: Craft Coffee for Backpackers (Review)
by Ryan Jordan
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted artisan coffee. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only The 60-Second Backpacker, Episode No. 1: Weigh Your Stuff
by Ryan Jordan
The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 11
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 11: Potable Aqua Pure- Electrolytic Water Purifier, Stio Men's Divide Tech Tee, and Hanz Waterproof Socks. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques & Best Practices
Members Only Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail
by Tucker Ballister
These lessons are aimed at beginners and are based on experiences while hiking the JMT. They are adaptable to any hiking setting and can certainly make the trip more enjoyable. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends News
Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 20
by Jonathan Davis
In this Week's News: It's time for the 2015 Packraft Roundup, a father scares a bear away to save his son, five trails to know in the Colorado area, get to know Leslie Hittmeier, and much more! Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
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 Trends News
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 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 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 News
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 News
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 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 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 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 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 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...

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