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Esbit (Solid Fuel) stoves are incredibly simple and ultralight

The Joy of Esbit

Backpacking stoves that use Esbit cubes as a fuel source are the simplest, lightest, and most reliable way to boil water or cook food on backpacking trips. There’s no extra container weight to carry with Esbit, like a white gas stove bottle or isobutane canister, and you can even ship Esbit via ground transportation (in the USA at […]

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt

Ultralight Backpacking Gift Guide

Buying ultralight backpacking gifts is difficult if you’re not an ultralight backpacker yourself. So I’ve assembled this list of recommended UL gifts for you because I know they’d be welcomed by any backpacker you gift them to. Tarptent Protrail Trekking Pole Tent The Tarptent Protrail Trekking Pole Tent ($209) is a storm-worthy trekking pole tent […]

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear CEO, Mike St. Pierre

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Factory Tour

Hyperlite Mountain Gear is an ultralight backpacking gear manufacturer in Biddeford, Maine, a short drive from my favorite hiking and backpacking haunts in New Hampshire. I paid them a visit last month to check out their operation and to talk to Mike St. Pierre, their CEO and head gear designer about his recent 16-day thru hike adventure […]

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Middle Scar Mountain

Bushwhacking Middle and East Scar

I was grumpy at the end of our bushwhack up Middle and East Scar. I was soaking wet, my hands were cold, and my rain pants were shredded. We’d fallen off our line descending from the East peak and I was covered in snow from bushwhacking down the steep south face. I just wanted to […]

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