Backpacking Light Magazine

Backpacking Light Magazine

England, Mike
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Backpacking Light Magazine
Bozeman, MT
Beartooth Mountain Press, 2005

We all know the sweet relief of removing a heavy pack after a long hike to an alpine lake high in the mountains—except maybe Ryan Jordan and his crew at Backpacking Light magazine, a journal devoted to lightweight and ultralight backpacking. These guys have helped spearhead a revolution in hiking and backpacking, one that believes less is more—and that manages to land thousands of new adherents each year. And why not? Lightening the load makes every hike that much easier and enjoyable—and, as this handy, cargo-pocket-sized magazine illustrates, doesn’t require giving up any in-camp comfort or safety.

Backpacking Light magazine is a gear-junkie’s dream—it’s filled with informative articles on the latest lightweight gear, complete with honest reviews and a host of techniques for using said gear to reduce pack weight and thus extend your range in the backcountry. The magazine offers a variety of interesting stories about sustained through-hikes by experienced ultralight practitioners, as well as epic adventures by backpackers and mountain-climbers from around the world. Also included are book reviews, training regimens, colorful photo spreads, and, for the techy engineer types, comparative breakdowns of everything from the efficiency of various stove fuels to the chemical makeup of filtered water. All in all, Backpacking Light is a useful and entertaining resource for those interested in trimming down the loads they haul into the backcountry.

To order a subscription, go to BackpackingLight.com, the magazine’s parent company and the leading online resource for lightweight and ultralight enthusiasts.
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