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A curated guide to winter backpacking gear, strategies, skills, podcasts, forums, research, education, product recommendations, and more.
Episode 77 | Planning, Pooping, and Campfires (Backcountry Leave No Trace Challenges During the Winter)
In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we're going to examine some of the principles of Leave No Trace in the context of winter backcountry travel, with a focus on planning, pooping, and campfires.
Episode 74 | Shelter Stakes for Winter CampingListen Summary In this episode, we address winter shelter stakes for frozen ground, hard snow, and unconsolidated snow. In this Episode: News: Avalanche Awareness and Safety Live Stream Q&A – January...
Avalanche Awareness & Safety for Hikers and Backpackers (Member Q&A)
In this Member Q&A, we'll provide the foundations for recognizing avalanche hazards and a framework for avalanche risk management.
Winter Hiking & Backpacking Gear – Part 1
Interested in winter hiking and backpacking? In this webinar, learn how to use your existing kit, plus a few extra strategic items, to be safe and comfortable in the winter. Part 1 of 2.
How to Keep Canister Dirt from Clogging MYOG Remote Inverted Canister Stoves
Roger Caffin proposes several solutions to keep dirty fuel from clogging remote inverted canister stoves.
Longest Known Soaking at Goldbug Hot Springs
A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.
Leave No Trace Winter Backpacking Best Practices
An overview of how Leave No Trace techniques can be applied to winter backpacking.
Remote Inverted Canister Winter Stove V6
Longtime Backpacking Light contributor Roger Caffin debuts the V6 model of his inverted canister stove.
BioLite Headlamp 750 Review
The BioLite Headlamp 750 (MSRP $99.95, 5.3 ounces / 150 g) is a performance-oriented USB-rechargeable headlamp with several unique features but crippling reliability issues.
Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor Glove Review
The Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor Glove (2.5 oz / 71 g, $40) is the warmest glove I've found that I can use effectively with a smartphone.
How To Ask Someone to Pull Your Car Out of the Snow
Sometimes the best skill is humbly asking for help. Here's a story about my experience getting unstuck when driving snowy backcountry roads.
Winter Backpacking on Packed-Snow Trails (Gear List)
A winter backpacking gear list for hiking on packed-snow trails in dry (low-humidity) climates.
Episode 34 | Mental Health
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan talk about mental health. As their jumping-off point, they use a recent paper called Levels of Nature and Stress Response.
Xero Shoes Alpine Snow Boot Review (First Looks)
The Xero Shoes Alpine Snow Boot is a flexible, insulated, waterproof, zero-drop footwear option for minimalist shoe lovers who still want warm feet in cold and snowy conditions.
Nemo Equipment Kunai 3-4 Season Backpacking Tent Review
The Nemo Kunai 2P Tent ($499, 4 lb 5 oz / 1.96 kg) is a four-season shelter capable of withstanding moderate storms and offers ample headroom and good ventilation.
Winter Backpacking When There’s No Snow?
My shelter, sleep, clothing, water, and cook system for when temps drop but full-on winter snow and wind hasn't yet arrived.
How to Get Water Out of a Frozen Stream Where the Ice is Several Inches Thick
We invited this challenge from our community on the forums and Instagram. Here's our solution - thanks for your feedback and suggestions!
DIY Ultralight Remote Inverted-Canister Winter Stove – Version 4, Part 2
This article describes the development of my DIY 4th generation of Remote Inverted-Canister Winter Stoves.
DIY Ultralight Remote Inverted-Canister Winter Stove – Version 4, Part 1
This article describes the development of my 4th generation of Remote Inverted-Canister Winter Stoves.