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Rescue Insurance for Backpackers

Rescue Insurance can be the difference between hefty bills and peace of mind. In either case getting rescued is the main priority, but your most expensive bill might surprise you.

The Politics of Cottage Consumption

Defining the role we, as consumers, play in shaping the lightweight industry.

The SUL Mindset: Redefining SUL

The SUL Mindset may be more than gear weights, and performance standards.

Boys in the Wild (Short Film)

A short film about the challenges we face when trying to expose young men to backcountry experiences.

Commentary: The Packraft in 2013

Ten years ago, packrafters had few options. Today, the choices are many, and the future looks very promising.

Depression and Wilderness, Part 2: Wilderness May Not Be Enough

Is wilderness really a cure for depression, or just a temporary escape?

Depression and Wilderness: The Benefit of Wilderness as Therapy

"Wilderness settles peace on the soul because it needs no help. It is beyond human contrivance." -- E.O. Wilson

Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” -Henry David Thoreau

The Perils of Certainty

Making decisions based on incorrect information negates stellar gear and knowledge, leading to trouble. It can happen far more easily than many of us would care to admit.

Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems

Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.

Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession

How do we balance being a good parent, spouse and professional [insert your career here], while also embracing the side of us that wants to walk out the door and hike across the planet?

Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style

I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me?

The Evolution of Fastpacking

How do the classic fastpacking offerings by Ultimate Direction compare to a pack of today?

Be Prepared, Not Equipped

The main reason my pack got lighter was because I realized that being prepared had little to do with the equipment I carried.

Garmin Oregon 550t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera

While GPS units are getting bigger and heavier, at least they are also becoming more functional. The Garmin Oregon 550t integrates 100k topo maps, a hi-res display, and a 3.2MP digital camera.

Seven Million Toasters: A Tribute to Coghlan’s 50th Birthday

Coghlan's celebrates 50 years of service to the Outdoor Industry.

BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference

The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light!

Backpacking Light Magazine Announces Discontinuation of Print Version

Publisher Ryan Jordan recalls moments worth celebrating.

Podcast: Roman Dial on his Book, Packrafting!

Ron Craighead interviews Roman Dial on the release of his new book, Packrafting!

To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an ‘essential’ item in a lightweight hiker’s overnight pack?

Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Mark Henley.

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