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Ultralight Cottage Gear Makers Reflect On The Last Few Years

Cottage backpacking gear makers face supply chain and logistical challenges but find fulfillment in other aspects of their operations.

Why is it hard to freeze-dry liquids?

In part four of his ongoing series, Drew Smith tackles freeze-drying a smoothie.

Atom Packs Nanu X25 Review

This First Looks review of the Atom Packs Nanu X25 examines the standout features and multi-use potential of a durable and aesthetically-pleasing daypack.

Episode 60 | Willow Belden of Out There

Ryan chats with Willow Belden from Out There. Also in this episode: updates on some new packs and the How to Use Gaia GPS masterclass.

Backpacks for Backpacking: Design, Materials, and Use Cases (Member Q&A)

Learn how to choose a backpacking backpack for specific types of trips based on design, materials, and use cases.

How to Keep Canister Dirt from Clogging MYOG Remote Inverted Canister Stoves

Roger Caffin proposes several solutions to keep dirty fuel from clogging remote inverted canister stoves.

Zpacks Free Duo Tent Review

In this Zpacks Free Duo Tent review, we dive into its pros (freestanding, Dyneema Composite Fabric) and its cons (low livability, poor storm performance).

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip: Skills, Tools, and Resources

A curated guide to Backpacking Light resources on how to plan a backpacking trip - gear, skills, podcasts, forums, research, education, and more.

Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacks for Backpacking

A curated guide to Backpacking Light resources on ultralight backpacks - gear, skills, podcasts, forums, research, education, product recommendations, and more.

Episode 59 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “Good Gear Lets You Be Present”

Ben Kilbourne reads his essay on the balance between caring about gear and being present on adventures.

The Backpacking Poncho: An Ultralight Alternative to Rain Jackets

Drew Smith makes the case for backpacking ponchos. They provide more ventilation vs. rain jackets and can also function as ultralight tarps.

Longest Known Soaking at Goldbug Hot Springs

A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.

Episode 58 | Benny Braden on Public Lands Stewardship

Andrew and Ryan talk with public lands advocate and accomplished backpacker Benny Braden about vandalism, stewardship, and social media.

Route Planning Tools & Processes (Member Q&A)

Planning a route for wilderness backpacking trips in remote environments can be complicated. In this webinar, learn about route planning tools and processes that simplify planning and help you plan safe, comfortable trips in the backcountry.

Durston X-Mid Pro 2 Review (Update)

The Durston X-Mid Pro 2 tent is an ultralight (20.4 oz / 578 g) two-person, side-entry, double-door, double-vestibule single-wall Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF) trekking pole-supported shelter.

Canyons and Contemplation

Exploration and reflection on a backpacking trip in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

Why Freeze-Dried Food Retains Taste and Nutrition

In part three of his ongoing series on freeze-drying, Drew Smith explores the science behind how freeze-drying preserves important nutrients - and why it matters.

Episode 57 | Cottage Industry Interview: Food for the Sole

Andrew talks to Food for the Sole founders Julie and Henry Mosier about running a food production business, scaling, staff management, recipe iteration, and more.

Where Do I Put My Waterbottles When Backpacking?

What's the best way to store water bottles while backpacking? You've got some options, but the answer depends on what you want to achieve.

Tent Fitting the Easy Way

If you are struggling to find a shelter that fits, you aren't alone. We provide some (mostly useful) advice in the context of a pop culture tour.

Episode 56 | Portable Battery Chargers for Backpacking

In this episode, we chat with longtime Backpacking Light contributor Rex Sanders about his ongoing tests of portable battery chargers. Also, Ryan and Andrew chat about vandalism on public lands, electronic device management, new gear from Atom Packs, and the benefits of freeze-drying.

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