Ultralight Backpacking

Best Multi-Tools for Backpacking

Beyond the absolute essentials like shelter, sleeping bag, and food, a good multi-tool may be the most useful piece of outdoor gear that will accompany you on a hiking, backpacking, or camping trip. What’s more, a multi-tool’s usefulness and practicality is not limited to the outdoors. They are a one-stop…

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Down Backpacking Quilts Versus Sleeping Bags

Have you ever considered a down camping quilt instead of a traditional sleeping bag for your backpacking and camping sleeping system? Maybe it’s about time you did. The basic idea in the quilt vs sleeping bag debate is that down efficiently uses trapped air to keep you warm. Down sleeping…

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Hammocks for Camping: An Inexpensive Alternative to Tents

Hammocks for camping provide a lightweight, inexpensive alternative to tents. The nice thing about hammocks is, if there are places to tie off, the ground does not have to be level. Rocks and tree roots do not present obstacles. You can string up a hammock between trees or rocks. A…

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What is Ultralight Backpacking?

Not long ago it was common for a backpacker to carry a 65 liter pack loaded with 50, 60, even 70 pounds of gear. When Chris Lundy, the owner of Sawtooth Mountain Guides in Stanley, Idaho, jokes that what a lot of people think about as “suffering” in hiking and…

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Best DIY Ultralight Backpacking Stove Options

If you’ve ever searched for ideas about making your own DIY backpacking stove, you may have discovered that are a ton of options – from alcohol stoves, rocket stoves, wood burning stoves the list goes on. We’ve quite a few examples over recent years, and below are some of the better…

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Best Backpacking Water Filter: 4 Water Purification Gadgets

So you’re planning a backpacking trip and need some new gear for water purification. Only one question remains – what’s the best backpacking water filter? There’s quite a few lightweight, effective water filters on the market these days.  Below are some different examples to to choose what best fits your needs: Sawyer Mini Water…

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