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Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail

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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 20

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!

Flash Reviews No. 10

Introductory Reviews for La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, and the Nalgene Flask.

John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies

An historical comparison of the philosophies of two of the leading pioneers of conservation and the wilderness regions they helped create.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19

News this week: Get a look at the Tahoe Rim Trail, a stove shootout, meet the founder of Soul RIver Runs Wild, and more.

Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West

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.

Flash Reviews No. 9

Introductory Reviews for MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, and the Thrunite Ti-3.

The California Crest: a northbound mental map

An author and composer writes a music suite based off his memories on the PCT.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18

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.

Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A challenging yet rewarding trip exposes these youth to the joys of backpacking and kindles their love of the outdoors.

Flash Reviews No. 8

Introductory Reviews for Paleo Meals To Go, Good Wipes, and Lite Trail NyloPro Bags.

Walking Still in the Desert

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.

Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

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.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 17

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.

Flash Reviews No. 7

Introductory Reviews for the Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, and the Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus.

Sunrei Headlamp Review

A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 16

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!

What we can all learn from each other: A cross-disciplinary approach to backpacking skills

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.

Hiking Clothing Guide: An Overview of Ultralight Layering Systems

Keys to layering clothing for outdoor activity - keep it simple, light, and functional. This hiking clothing guide shows you how.

Flash Reviews No. 6

Introductory Reviews for the Fenix HL23 Headlamp, MSR Windboiler Stove, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15

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!

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