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

Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Allison Miller.

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

Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Jim Bailey.

Affluenza: Fact-Heavy Book Carries a Lightweight Message

Affluenza, as it is defined by the authors, is “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”

New Book on PACKRAFTING Sends Rapidly Growing Sport to the Mainstream

Backpacking Light Magazine to launch first book on Packrafting in June 2008.

Website Review: explores the extension of ultralight backpacking philosophies to other areas of your life.

Slow Travel

Traveling light, simple... and slow

Backpacking Light Print Magazine Issue 8 – Online Supplement

Backpacking Light Print Magazine Issue 8 portal to reprints and supplements.

Why I Go Light

Trends Editor Craig Mortensen discusses the joys of simplification and describes his transition to an ultralight load.

Catoma Outdoor Twist and Worm Tents Set Up at the Drop of a Hat (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2007)

New manufacturer of tents with potential for lightweight backpacking, if they make the tents available with lighter fabrics.

Useful New Products From Sea To Summit

Several lightweight, well-designed, multi-purpose products to aid the lightweight backpacker, while reducing our environmental impacts.

Backpacking Light Print vs. Online Magazines: Vision for 2006 and Beyond

A letter to the readers of Backpacking Light Magazine.

NOLS Sees the Light

Backpacking Light Magazine Partners with GoLite, NOLS, to Bring Lightweight Backpacking Courses to NOLS Curriculum

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 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, 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...

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