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Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
Tarp campers intimately know not only wind and bugs but also sights of moonlit clouds and shooting stars and dawn, scents of pine needles and flowers and grasses and prowling...
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay

Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp.

Brooks-Range Foray 2P Tent Review

With its polka-dots and odd shape, can this unique 3-season shelter be taken seriously?

Backpacking and the Bruin Mind
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Backpacking Light’s print magazine. We felt that October would be a timely month to reproduce the article here, as hikers are grabbing those...
Sailors, Rappers, & Ultralight Backpackers: A Walk with the Timberland Cadion

Has Timberland found a niche the lightweight market?

The Bio-Bio Trek, Chile

Volcanoes, hot springs, and breathtaking vistas in the Chilean Andes.

Solo-Plus Tent Round-Up

A look at five lightweight shelters with extra space for your partner, gear, or four-legged companion.

Staying Dry in a Bivy Sack: Techniques for Managing the Moisture Balance Between External Precipitation and Internal Condensation

This article was originally published in issue 7 of the Backpacking Light Print Magazine. It has since been revised and updated by the author for web publication.

MYOG: Supplex Pants

Step by step guide to simple, lightweight, inexpensive trekking pants.

Down Jacket Shoot-out: GoLite Bitterroot vs. Rab Infinity

A comparison of two full-featured down jackets with Quantum GL fabric and 850 fill power down.

Gilham Butte: Behind the Redwood Curtain

The Pilgrimage via Grasshopper Ridge

Rab Kinetic Jacket Review

A fully featured hard shell at a minimal weight.

A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods – Part 6: Ultra-Violet Light Methods
Introduction This is a commercial UV treatment plant. You might think (as I did initially) that it would not be possible to make such a thing portable for walkers, but...
The 2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

Is this the longest, toughest, roughest or hardest? The beauty of it is that at the finish no one knew or cared. Every competitor was left with indelible experiences, challenges accepted and honestly won or lost. Each had started with a clean slate and had accomplished every step in the wilderness through their own efforts. -Adrian Crane, writing about the Classic in Ultrarunning (1986)

A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods – Part 5: Filtration Methods
Abstract Water in the field is not always safe to drink. We examine some of the problems which can exist, and we survey all light-weight water treatment methods for use...

Ryan and a group of Scouts search for solitude in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar River Valley

Zpacks Multi-Pack Review

A unique accessory pocket that can be used in multiple ways.

A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods – Part 4: Chemical Methods

A look at several different chemical techniques for treating water in the backcountry.

A Survey of Water Hazards and Water Treatment Methods – Part 3

Part 3 of this series takes a critical look at several water treatment technologies available to backpackers

Google SketchUp Tutorial for MYOG Enthusiasts

MYOGers rejoice! SketchUp software, once mastered, can save you hours of guesswork and yards of material.

New Balance Minimus MT00 Review

An extremely minimal trail runner with options for the wide footed.

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