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A FREE Membership gives you read access to forums, the ability to watch threads, and private messaging privileges, along with access to a free library of curated content (we’ll send you the link to the library when you sign up).
A BASIC Membership gives you FULL access to forums, along with access to all content in our Backpacking Light 101 Collection (you’ll be emailed this link after signup).
A PREMIUM Membership gives you FULL access to forums and FULL access to ALL members-only content, along with some exclusive sneak peeks into some of the programs available only to our Unlimited Members if you confirm your email subscription to our Premium Member List when you sign up.
An UNLIMITED Membership gives all the benefits of a Premium Membership, plus Insider Access into what’s happening behind the scenes at Backpacking Light, including strategic business updates, early access to selected content prior to publication, and the opportunity to participate in free or reduced-price beta participation in selected programs prior to their public release. Also get early enrollment priority and significant pre-enrollment discounts* for our treks, events, and online courses.