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Video: The John Muir Trail (According to Chris)

Christopher Smead tells his story in this John Muir Trail Movie - the JMT according to Chris. Read the backstory & gear notes, too.

Staff Picks 2016: Our Favorite Backpacking Gear of the Year

View our staff picks for the best backpacking gear of the year - recommendations from our editors and guides for hiking and backpacking gear.

Platypus GravityWorks Filter Review – 4.0L Water Filtration System

This Platypus Gravity Works filter review focuses on the key strength of the system: high treatment capacity for relative ease.

Backpacking to Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail: Part 5

Backpacking to Mount Assiniboine through grizzly bear country requires you to pay attention! Enjoy the final day of our journal.

Backpacking Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail: Part 4

The Marvel Pass Trail is one route for backpacking Mount Assiniboine. Read this journal to learn about bears, gear, and more.

The Marvel Pass Trail to Mount Assiniboine: Part 3

Second day of an eventful trek to Mount Assiniboine via the Marvel Pass Trail in BC and Alberta, Canada. Today: grizzly bears.

The Marvel Pass Backpacking Trail to Mount Assiniboine: Part 2

Day 1: An unexpected day of adversity and uncertainty as the author begins the obscure Marvel Pass Backpacking Trail en route to Canada's iconic Mount Assiniboine.

Mount Assiniboine Backpacking (Marvel Pass Trail): Part 1

The author tests out some lightweight gear on obscure Marvel Pass Trail en route to Canada's iconic Mount Assiniboine.

Hanchor Marble Backpack Review

This Hanchor Marble backpack review addresses how well Hanchor succeeded at rethinking several key components of a traditional backpack.

How to Buy Outdoor Gear – Functional Analysis

The outdoor market is ripe with marketing ploys and distractions. Jorgen shares the tool he uses to buy outdoor gear - functional analysis.

Montane Minimus 777 Jacket Review

This Montane Minimus 777 Jacket Review investigates the ultralight design, waterproofness, breathability, durability, and comfort of this sub-6-oz jacket in sustained rain.

How to Choose Lightweight Backpacking Gear: Save Weight, Money, Hassle, and Time

Choosing functional and lightweight backpacking gear is tough. What roles do comfort, durability, andĀ aesthetics play in decision-making?

Hiking Big Bend Ranch State Park: Rancherias Loop Trail

The Rancherias Loop Trail in Big Bend State Park is one of the last wild places in West Texas. With few visitors and stunning scenery, it is not to be missed.

Patagonia Nano Air Light Hoody Review (First Look)

This Patagonia Nano Air Light Hoody Review takes an first look at a lighter iteration in the popular apparel category of "active insulation".

The Ptarmigan-to-Belly River Traverse: Packrafting in Glacier National Park

Luke Schmidt tests his wilderness skills with a Glacier National Park packrafting trip over Ptarmigan Pass and down the Belly River. He shares photos from the trip and the gear he used.

New Balance 1080 v5 Review (What is Fresh Foam?)

The newly released New Balance 1080v5 shoes have "fresh foam" technology to minimize running wear on the body without compromising stability.

Packrafting Pacific Creek in the Teton Wilderness

Luke Schmidt shares photos and commentary from his solo Teton Wilderness Packrafting trip on Pacific Creek and discusses some of his gear choices.

2016 Wilderness Adventures Photo Contest!

Time to celebrate the beauty found at the integration of wilderness, photography, and lightweight human-powered travel! Submit your favorite wilderness photo and win a free trek with Backpacking Light in Montana!

SPOT Gen3 Insures Rapid Emergency Rescue When Needed

SPOT Gen3 provides location-based messaging and emergency notification technology that allows you to communicate from remote locations around the globe. It offers custom tracking interval options, motion-activated tracking, long-life battery and more. Learn how one hiker used his SPOT Gen3 in a life-saving rescue involving another hiker with a heart condition.

Planning Complex Backpacking Trips: Best Practices

Best practices when trip planning includes: booking transportation, gear selection and packing tips for complex backpacking trips.

Hiking Underwear & Shorts – Men’s (Guides’ Notes)

Underwear acts as a moisture (sweat) transfer layer to keep you reasonably dry "down there". This guide highlights some important considerations about materials, design, fit, weight, and performance criteria when selecting a pair of hiking underwear (or shorts).

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