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!

Overboots as Mukluks: Basecamp Footwear for Ski Mountaineers

Hardshell double boots, common amongst ski mountaineers using modern alpine touring or telemark equipment, make for miserable discomfort during extended stays in camp. Adding a pair of thin neoprene overboots at less than a pound allows one to kick off the plastics and enjoy basecamp slippers while keeping feet warm and dry in the coldest weather.

Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 3: Performance of Inverted Canister and White Gas Stoves For Boiling Water and Melting Snow at Subzero (F) Temperatures

A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

Learn to Packraft! Episode 2: Stillwater Basics

Episode 2 of "Learn to Packraft!" provides an overview of stillwater packrafting gear and techniques.

Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 2: Exploring the Effects of Cold Temperatures, Canister Inversion, Snow Melting, and Heat Exchanger Systems

A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers

The winter can make popular locations your personal sanctuary; however avalanche safety and preparation are crucial to enjoying the pristine conditions.

Lightweight Stove Systems for Group Cooking Part 1: Basic Framework for Selecting A Cooking Pot and Predicting Fuel Needs

A series of tests exploring the winter performance of inverted canister and integrated canister stove systems for large water volumes and snow melting.

Backpacking With A Thermometer

A thermometer allows you to establish trends that relate temperature to how you feel while hiking and camping. This can lead to better preparation and execution in the field.

Backpacking With A Voice Recorder

A voice recorder is a great way to reflect on your journey without compromising safety or the experience.

Techniques for River Corridor Camping

Tarp camping is tricky enough. Couple that with unstable ground and strong winds and that perfect campsite can quickly become a nightmare. Learn all the tricks to stay dry and happy.

Techniques for Talus

Talus can be tricky but with a few tips and a new approach you'll be all set for some Talus Dancing. And boy what fun it is!

Backpacking Tights – Part 1

Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture.

Backpacking with a Newborn

Don't lose hope - Backpacking is still possible with infants.

Hydration for Lightweight Backpackers

Dehydration is more than water loss - it's about the salts too.

Learn to Packraft! Episode 1: An Introduction to Packrafting

Episode 1 of "Learn to Packraft!" introduces you to the wonderful sport of packrafting!

Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Going SUL in the Mountains with Adequate Shelter, Insulation, and Rain Protection. Part 3: M-SUL Base Weight Gear Lists

Gear lists that demonstrate how easy it is to “make weight” for M-SUL and at the same time have all the shelter, insulation, and rain protection you need to stay dry, warm, and comfortable in the high country.

The SUL Mindset, Part 2: Less vs. Lighter

So take your normal gear, just take way less of it! One important goal of SUL is to take less stuff, not buy new stuff. If you have to buy new stuff, then I think that regardless of your pack weight, consider that you may have transcended away from the ultralight philosophy and into ultralight hypocrisy.

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