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How to Pack a Backpack

VIDEO: Backpacking can be hard, but here are some ways you can make it easier by packing the right way.

Tips to Lighten a Backpack

Q. My troop likes to go backpacking. I’d like to participate, but my pack is really heavy. How do I lighten it?

How to fit a backpack

backpack-200x148Watch as Eagle Scout Jon Almquist, who works for national outdoors retailer REI, shows you how to fit a backpack in this exclusive BL video.

Photos of 40-mile backpacking trek through the Wallowa Mountains

wallowa-promoTroop 224 from Sherwood, Ore., trekked more than 40 miles through the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. Along the way, they survived one of the most difficult descents in the Pacific Northwest, swam in a pristine mountain lake and made it to the summit of Eagle Cap peak.

Why is my pack so heavy?

Q. I’ve been in Scouts for about a year and I was wondering why my backpack is so heavy. I only pack about two pairs of jeans, extra socks and two shirts. I also pack a mess kit and a flashlight plus batteries. My sleeping pad is not heavy; neither is my sleeping bag. Why might my pack be so heavy and do you know how to fix it?

Stuff We Like: Black Diamond Mercury 55 backpack

backpack-200x148At first glance, Black Diamond's ergoACTIV backpack suspension system seems like a gimmick. But it really works. The hip belt has a unique rotating ball joint that pivots as your body moves. The result is a much more comfortable pack that does a really good job of transferring the pack's weight to your hips.

How to train with a loaded backpack

backpack-200x148Q. Dear Gear Guy, I want to train for my backpacking trips with a loaded backpack, but I don’t want to have to pack all my gear every time I want to train. Is there any way to add weight to the backpack in a simple but accurate representation of a full backpack?

Ultralight Backpacking Sample Gear List

When practicing the art of ultralight backpacking, every ounce counts. Here is a sample packing list from a backpacker who participated in an ultralight trek last summer based out of the Montana Council’s Montana High Adventure Base.

Two Keys to Successful Fastpacking

It's possible to carry less weight and still have everything you need (or at least everything you really need) on a backpacking trip. Here's how.