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Backpacking Light Editor Receives National Award for Volunteer Efforts

Forest Service award recognizes Will Rietveld and spouse Janet Reichl for Leave No Trace education and research.

Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork

Results of a BackpackingLight.com reader contest, featuring the Top 10 Reasons to Carry a Spork List, and "Ode to a Spork" cowboy poetry by Paul Johnson.

The Benefits of Going Light

Commentary on the multiple benefits of lightweight backpacking.

Backpacking Light Position Statement on Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
How did we come up with these numbers? Due to the many variables involved, we took an empirical approach in creating this chart. We collected data from authors Hal Weiss...
45 Miles in 47 Hours: What You Can Do With a Weekend Using Lightweight Backpacking Gear

What can you accomplish in a three-day weekend with lightweight gear?

Commentary on Sleeping Bag Rating Specifications (2004)
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Travel Channel to Feature Lightweight Backpacking Expert Dr. Ryan Jordan

Dr. Ryan Jordan, a guru of ultralight backpacking in the outdoor industry, will be featured on an upcoming series for the Travel Channel. Jordan, a renowned outdoor enthusiast, engineer, and publisher of BackpackingLight.com, will provide techniques for lightening your load when backpacking. Jordan will appear on the “ultra-lite backpacking” segment of the Travel Gear weekly magazine show, a series of the Travel Channel, at 5 p.m. EDT on August 7. The show will also re-air at 5:30 p.m. EDT on September 18 in the United States and on October 18 in some Asia-Pacific countries.

Simplicity, Harmony, and Opportunity: Freedom Born From an Ultralight Ethic
"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity" – Albert Einstein’s Three Rules of Work This short quote summarizes my philosophy for...
BackpackingLight.com Breaks From Mold as the Anti-Establishment Authority in Lightweight Backcountry Travel

Backpacking Experts Unload the Heavy Gear and Marketing B.S. to Enlighten Outdoor Enthusiasts with Meticulous, Frank, Wilderness-Tested Reviews of Niche Outdoor Gear for Ultralight Hikers

The Original Ultralight Hikers: Seeking Wilderness Simplicity from Modern Day Nomads

The Original Ultralight Hikers: Seeking Wilderness Simplicity from Modern Day Nomads

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