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How Backpacking Light Has Helped Our Camp Fire Council Take Kids Backpacking

Developing a relationship with the outdoors and teaching others to do the same, introducing kids to the charm of the backcountry has a magic all its own.

BushBuddy Stove Tweaks

A few simple modifications to make your BushBuddy faster and even more covet-worthy!

How to Best Pack Your UL/Frameless Backpack with UL Gear

The advantages of having a lightweight, frameless backpack are huge - but without that heavy frame, the backpack has all the qualities of a large sack. For maximum comfort, you'll need to pack carefully, in a way that gives your backpack form and balance.

Make Your Own Gear: Igloos

Build an igloo using the “hub and spoke method” and lightweight backpacking tools.

Fast and Light Shoulder Season Footwear Tips

Avoiding wet feet in the shoulders seasons can be impossible. Follow a few simple principles to ensure your feet are happy, no matter the conditions!

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 2

Clothing, Footwear, Group Gear (Water Treatment, Stoves and Fuel, Shelter). Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1

The Lightweight Lesson, Essentials, Backpack, Sleeping Bag and Pad, Personal Kit. Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.

Backpacking and Hiking with an Umbrella

Francis is an umbrella advocate, eschewing typical rainwear. Find out why he's backpacked over 12,500 miles with an umbrella... and decide if you should follow his lead.

Mike Clelland’s Tiny Manifesto of Ultralight Backpacking Tips

Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

How to Use Trekking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method

Poking poles around for added stability is fairly intuitive, but the full promise of two more legs - greater endurance, building upper body strength, and reducing injury from stress or falls - requires some technique. Try Skip's straightforward and effective approach!

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