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Case Studies: Using Google Earth to Plan Wilderness Trips

This article presents some case studies of using Google Earth for wilderness trip planning, with a presentation of my process and lessons learned.

Wet, Cold Feet When Backpacking: How To Keep Your Feet Dry(er) and Warm(er) in Inclement Weather

Keep feet warm and dry by using a carefully designed system that involves different types of socks, shoes, and gaiters.

Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking? (Video)

This vlog features commentary by Backpackinglight.com Founder & Publisher Ryan Jordan about the applicability of minimalist footwear for backpacking.

How to Keep Fuel Warm During Canister Stove Operation

Various techniques for keeping fuel warm during canister stove operation are described, in order to optimize fuel vaporization.

Ultralight Video Gear (According To Chris)

Chris Smead, who produces Backpackinglight.com's "According to Chris" video series, goes through his ultralight video gear.

Lightweight Backpacking in the Winter: Gear and Techniques from the Arctic

Lightweight backpacking in the winter requires more intentionality with respect to gear selection and skill set, but with great rewards.

How to Buy Outdoor Gear – Functional Analysis

The outdoor market is ripe with marketing ploys and distractions. Jorgen shares the tool he uses to buy outdoor gear - functional analysis.

How to Choose Lightweight Backpacking Gear: Save Weight, Money, Hassle, and Time

Choosing functional and lightweight backpacking gear is tough. What roles do comfort, durability, and aesthetics play in decision-making?

Planning Complex Backpacking Trips: Best Practices

Best practices when trip planning includes: booking transportation, gear selection and packing tips for complex backpacking trips.

How to Choose Backpacking Gear for Inclement Weather: Clothing, Sleep, and Shelter Systems

The purpose of this article is simple: I want to teach you how to choose backpacking equipment for inclement weather by documenting my thought processes as I select clothing, sleep, and shelter systems for a summer trek. The process will be illustrated as a case study: my equipment selection for a 12-day summer trek in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Southwest Montana.

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