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Sipping the Waters: Techniques for Selecting Untreated Backcountry Water for Drinking

Drinking untreated backcountry water can make you sick - but choosing your drinking spots intelligently can greatly reduce that risk. Here, a doctor shares the methods that have kept him healthily "sipping the waters" for the past 20 years.

The Poncho Tarp: Techniques and Gear Systems for Inclement Conditions

Poncho Tarps are not just for the eccentric. Learn how to use them in foul weather and save considerable weight and simplify your gear kit.

Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Winners

The winners of the Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest are a diverse group.

How Far, How Fast, How Heavy?
Calculating the range for unsupported, long-distance hiking

Formulas and theory for predicting possible distances and times with ultralight gear for long distance backpacking.

Toilet Paper Free Expeditions

Go wild - leave the TP at home.

Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking
Part II: Commercially Available Canister Stove Systems

Many canister stove models become excellent cold weather performers with a simple twist.

Selecting a Canister Stove for Cold Weather Backpacking
Part I: Stove and Fuel Fundamentals

Fuel fundamentals and basic flame chemistry explained so that canister stove cold weather performance can be optimized.

Lightweight Backcountry Professional Photography

Complete lightweight camera and accessories setup for the professional backcountry photographer.

Foot Care for Diabetic Hikers

Perspectives on footwear and foot care from a type II diabetic backpacker.

Trail Food: Keeping it Interesting and Energizing

The basics of selecting trail food that is appetizing, energizing, and easy to prepare.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels
One of our favorite canister stoves: the Coleman Outlander F1 Ultralight, only 2.7 ounces and hot! Canister stoves weigh as little as 2.5 ounces (71 g) and are very easy...
Getting the Most out of an MSR White Gas Stove: Maintenance Tips
Editor’s note: Don ‘Photon’ Johnston is a stove ‘geek’ and the inventor of the Photon Stove ™ alcohol stove. What follows is his advice based on over 10 years of...
Guide to Selecting and Using Ultralight GPS Systems

Systematic analysis of considerations for evaluating a GPS system of lightweight equipment and software for efficient navigation.

Buying an LED Torch: Headlamp Design Considerations to Help Guide Your Purchasing Decisions
Be sure to check our Gear Guide to LED Headlamps. Introduction If your brain isn’t overwhelmed by all the variables in our primer on LED headlamps, it’s time to go...
Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition – August 2001)

Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

Nutritional Considerations for Cold Weather Hiking

Nutritional Considerations for Cold Weather Hiking

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