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Using lines of position to fix your location on a map

Learn how to identify and use lines of position to help fix your location on a map while traveling in the backcountry.

An Introduction to Map & Compass Use

An online live (and recorded) webinar introduction to map and compass use for hiking and backpacking.

Backpacking Food

A curated guide to backpacking food ideas, meals, ingredients, strategies, skills, podcasts, forums, research, education, product recommendations, and more.

Episode 63 | BPL Author Spotlight: Staff Writer Mark Wetherington

In this episode, Andrew chats with BPL staff writer Mark Wetherington about his favorite articles, backpacking in the south, and more.

Tarptent Dipole Li Review

The Tarptent Dipole 1 Li and 2 Li are rectangular DCF trekking pole tents with carbon end struts to boost interior volume and stability, and a four-stake footprint that eliminates the need for apex guyline tie-outs in mild weather.

Waymark Gear Lite 50L Backpack Review

The Waymark Gear Lite 50L backpack features a unique shoulder-strap attachment system and several fit-related features that might appeal to larger users.

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Gear Reviews

Nitecore NB10000 Review

The Nitecore NB10000 is a simple portable battery charger built around a carbon-fiber platform for maximum weight savings.

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.

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).

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Skills

How to Use Gaia GPS Slope Angle Overlays & Satellite Imagery to Plan Off-Trail Routes

In this video, I walk through how I use slope angle overlays and satellite imagery to plan off-trail mountaineering routes, focusing on Gaia GPS as the digital mapping software.

How to use the Garmin inReach Mini without a smartphone

Learning how to use the Garmin inReach Mini (or Mini 2) satellite communicator without a smartphone opens up opportunities for overall battery management and more efficient messaging, navigation, and tracking.

Why is it hard to freeze-dry liquids?

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

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Gear Testing & Research

Why is my base layer soaked?

Sometimes a wet base layer just can't be avoided. Soaked-based layers happen. Here is why it will happen to you.

Sunscreen for Hiking and Backpacking: Efficacy, Ingredient Safety, and Best Practices

Dan Hu reviews current research regarding the safety and efficacy of sunscreen for hiking and backpacking, including ingredient efficacy, safety, and best practices for outdoor adventuring.

By the Numbers: Compression Resistance of PrimaLoft Gold vs. Climashield Apex (Part 4)

PrimaLoft Gold outperforms Climashield Apex as the more resilient (durable) insulation, capable of retaining more of its original warmth and loft in response to repeated compression.

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Culture

The Backpacking Tithe Revisited

Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.

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.

Longest Known Soaking at Goldbug Hot Springs

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

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