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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.

How to Choose and Use Ultralight Base Layers

Jorgen Johansson makes the case for one base layer and the best ways to choose and use ultralight long underwear (base layers).

Ultralight Backpacking: Core Principles & Philosophy (Video)

Ultralight Backpacking: Core Principles is a 13-minute video screencast presentation that provides a critical foundation for efficiently becoming a skilled ultralight backpacker. The core principles presented herein should be considered wherever you are in your journey on lightening up, and are as applicable to me even today, after decades of "working on my pack weight", as they were to me more than 25 years ago when I started this journey.

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.

Lightweight Mealtime Routines for Group Cooking

Simplifying the process of planning, preparing, and cooking for groups in the wild.

The Updated Foot-Care Kit

While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker

Canyoneering is challenging as it offers an opportunity to tackle a variety of terrain using new gear. Combining canyoneering with backpacking is a recipe for a legendary trip.

Still My Favorite Cook Kit

An Esbit cook system is very lightweight, fuel efficient, and ideal for warm-weather, solo cooking.

Training for Backpacking

Training for backpacking (a fun activity) need not be complicated or painful. Get in a routine and make each session count. Your long trips will thank you.

The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves

Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years.

Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments!

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