Not a Day on any Calendar

Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School Photo Essay.

Staff Videocast: Cowboy Coffee

How do BPL Staffers stay warm, hydrated, and caffeinated in the backcountry?

Reflection on the Wild Coast: A Photo Essay

Adventurers Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman summarize their 4000-mile trek in photos and prose.

2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008.

Lightweight in Wonderland

Circumnavigating Mount Rainier's premier walk with lightweight gear has J. Sinclair Oal grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

Wanderlust: Backcountry Meandering with My Family in the Wallowa Mountains

Join Regina WB for her annual family trek to Blue Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Mountains.

State of the Market Report: Single Wall Tents (2008)

Veteran gear editors Chris Townsend and Will Rietveld unlock the mystique of the single wall tent - identifying their advantages and disadvantages, evaluating designs and technologies, listing specifications on the lightest ones available, picking their favorites for a range of applications, and speculating on future trends.

Photon ReX Review

The Photon ReX looks like another one of those little button-cell LED lights, but it has a couple of very nice surprises - and it even works well. Testing it presented some difficulties, but these were generally easy to overcome.

MSR Hyperflow Microfilter Review

A new development in the area of microfilters which is both light and field maintainable, but does it work well enough? There are problems when the water is not crystal clear.

Appealing Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

Mike Martin and Will Rietveld have the highlights on new apparel from ORSM08.

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