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A Passion Found, Lost, and Rediscovered
Lightweight Testimony: Tony Wong Finds, Loses, and Rediscovers a Lightweight Passion.
Gear Suited for Wet, Cold Weather Hiking
Cold & wet: really only good when it describes your dog's nose. But you can still be comfy in these conditions with the right (lightweight) gear.
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast – Maintaining Health and Preventing Injury
Erin and Hig discuss their minimal first aid kit and strategies for staying alive and well throughout a year of wilderness trekking.
When Things Go Wrong
Roger Caffin shares his adventure in misadventure.
Done in a Day
Kevin Sawchuk shares his how-to on fast day hikes, and his why-to, too.
Sandals for Summer Backpacking
Chris Townsend shares his sandal wearing experience.
Ditch Your Stakes: A Guide To Alternative Shelter Anchors
Mike Clelland! has gone stakeless!
Packraft Rating (PR) System
Roman Dial demystifies whitewater for the packrafter wanting to understand the natural progression of learning to packraft in the context of increasingly difficult whitewater.
An Ultralighter Paddles on the Dark Side: Packrafting a Remote Canyon “Heavy” Style
Packrafters need to limit their gear so it fits on the bow of their six-foot-long craft. This means dehydrated food for dinner, sleeping under a tarp and wearing wet clothes dry. What is river running like when big rafts haul the food and gear...Can an ultralight packrafter be enticed to the dark side?
Decision-Making and the Lightweight Pack
Carrying a lightweight pack has consequences, but they might not be what you think.
Avoiding and treating hypothermia in the backcountry with ultralight equipment.
Trekking Techniques for Early-Season Conditions
Andrew Skurka's insights and techniques for early season trekking can dramatically increase the length of your normal hiking season.
Reducing Winter Pack Weight: Wood Fire Cooking in the Snow
For the hardcore ultralighter, cooking over wood fires in the winter offers a way to substantially reduce pack weight on longer trips, adds a bit of warmth around camp, and forces you to learn fire skills that just might save your life someday.
Backcountry Cookfires: Overview and Techniques for Cooking Over an Open Flame
Bill Stadwiser explores the practical and emotional rewards of cooking over wood in the backcountry.
Ultralight Gear and Techniques on the Edge of Winter with Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Program
The gear chosen by the Wilderness Trekking III course participants and leaders
Take the Load Off: Using Pulks to Travel Over Snow
Pulk techniques for winter travel over snow
Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 2 – Using an Igloo as a Backcountry Shelter
Tips for igloo living and interior climate graphs to show you why you want to camp in an igloo.
Ultralight in the Icebox: Post-Trip Report
Andrew Skurka talks about his cold weather tenets and ultralight gear kit following a 385 mile, 19 day backpacking trip in northern Minnesota in the dead of winter.
Igloo Building for Fun and Shelter, Part 1 – Technique
Igloo building is a fun wintertime activity to share with family, friends, or Scouts. Build a warming hut in your favorite skiing or snowshoeing area, construct an igloo for a backcountry base camp, or design your own hut system! The Grand Shelters Icebox Igloo Building Tool does a lot of the work for you, but you’ll still need to master some essential techniques.
Taming Those Large Flexible Foil Windshields
Learn the tricks and techniques required to make a stable windshield out of floppy metal foil.