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- CommerceGear GiveawaysForums related to the buying and selling of gear. Start with Reader Reviews to see how our readers rate other brands and products. And of course, there's the infamous Gear Swap (buy/sell used gear), Gear Deals (deals from around the web), and our new Giveaways programs, which feature free gear for our readers.
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- Gear ForumsEverything you ever wanted to know about gear - its use and application, limitations, strengths, weaknesses. How to pack for a trip (see the Gear Lists forum), or how to do it yourself (see the Make Your Own Gear forum). Need to know how to use a spork as a tent stake? See the Multiple Use Gear forum. You get the idea. It's all about gear.Gear (General)
Make Your Own Gear
Multiple Use Gear
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- General ForumsForums of a more topical nature focusing on a particular style or subgenre of lightweight backpacking. Other activities are not necessarily found here, though - see the "Off Piste" section of the forums.General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion
Philosophy & Technique
Speed Hiking and Fastpacking
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition
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- ScoutingOur Scouting forums provide a venue for leaders and Scouts to discuss the philosophy, equipment, and skills associated with lightweight backpacking, and how to integrate it into unit programming.Backpacking Light with Scouts
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- CampfireDiscussions of editorial content published at backpackinglight.com, along with sharing of trips, places, and experiences - i.e., "remember than time when..."The Natural World
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements
On the Web
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- Off PisteCommunities of people interested in other types of lightweight adventures in the backcountry involving a variety of *new* types of gear (!) and other contraptions strapped to the feet or held in the hands.Packrafting
Mountaineering & Alpinism
Fishing & Tenkara
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring
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