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Backpacking Light 101 (Curated Collection)

We’ve hand picked these pieces to give you a solid foundation of what we think are important pieces to the vast mosaic of lightweight backpacking information. We hope you find these articles to be valuable on your road to traveling lighter in the backcountry.

How to Minimize Your Prep for Short Trips

Limiting the number of decisions, and keeping all your gear in one area are the major steps to simplifying your short backpacking trips.

The 60-Second Backpacker: Episode 2, Leave the Kitchen Sink at Home

The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking.

Microadventures: Breaking Down the Barriers of Visiting a Wild Place

Microadventures are exactly that - tiny little trips with minimal fuss, minimal gear, and maximum bang for the buck.

The 60-Second Backpacker, Episode No. 1: Weigh Your Stuff

The 60-Second Backpacker is a video series that provides bite-sized shorts about equipment, techniques, and philosophy of ultralight backpacking.

Five Lessons from the John Muir Trail

These lessons are aimed at beginners and are based on experiences while hiking the JMT. They are adaptable to any hiking setting and can certainly make the trip more enjoyable.

Hiking Clothing Guide: An Overview of Ultralight Layering Systems

Keys to layering clothing for outdoor activity - keep it simple, light, and functional. This hiking clothing guide shows you how.

Amateur Backpacking Videography

Videography with an emphasis on the pursuit of the "perfect" shot and the ensuing editing can be time consuming, daunting, and distract from your trip. The author presents tactics to make it easier and record your adventures.

Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks

Our National Parks are awe-inspiring places of beauty. Often the backcountry permitting can be a challenge. Don't let that stop you. Here are some tips to face the process with ease.

Can I Cook in my Tent?

Cooking in a tent has revolved around a stigma of gear destruction and personal harm. Cooking in a tent is not that dangerous and being responsible and aware of the hazards allows for safe cooking in a tent.

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