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Bikepacking: More Miles, More Smiles

Mark Wetherington tries his hand at ultralight bikepacking and hiking to remote places along the CDT in Montana.

Home Range: A Place that Keeps the Wild in Your Life

Drew Smith reflects on hiking in the places close to home as he explores a nearby mountain drainage during all seasons.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P vs. ZPacks Duplex Zip

The Unbound 2P and Duplex Zip beg for a direct comparison. Both of them are six-panel, symmetrical designs with zip-access, side-entry storm doors, and both are generally pitched with a total of 8 tent stakes. They have similar footprints, similar weights, and offer similar levels of weather protection.

Episode 89 | Fall Layering Systems

In episode 89 of the Backpacking Light Podcast, we are going to talk about fall layering systems.

ZPacks Duplex Zip Tent Review

The ZPacks Duplex Zip Tent is a 2-person, 2-door, 2-vestibule, side-entry trekking pole tent made with Dyneema Composite Fabrics. The ZPacks Duplex Zip weighs 20.4 ounces (577 g) and has an MSRP of $699.

Seven Lakes Basin and the High Divide Loop

Daniel Hu backpacks the High Divide Loop, one of the most beautiful hikes in Washington State and Olympic National Park.

Gossamer Gear Whisper Review

The Gossamer Gear Whisper is a 1-person, 2-pole, floorless full-perimeter shelter made with Dyneema Composite Fabrics. It includes an attached noseeum mesh netting skirt, is pitched with 7 stakes, and weighs 9.8 oz (280 g).

On Finding and Claiming Femininity in the Backcountry

"...they never felt more powerful, or more fit, or happier about themselves and their bodies, than when they were thru-hiking." - Nikki Stavile on femininity in the backcountry.

Episode 88 | 2023 Ultralight Gear Update

Episode 88 of the Backpacking Light podcast features nine pieces of gear from Ryan's kit that he liked, didn't like, and is sitting on the fence about.

The Gift of Surprise in the Rawah Wilderness

James Montavon hikes in Colorado’s Rawah Wilderness, and discusses the differences between using different trip planning softwares.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P Shelter is a single-wall, Dyneema Composite Fabric, 2-person, 2-trekking-pole-supported tent with two vestibules, two side-entry doors, a weight of about 24 oz (g), and an MSRP of USD $699.

Episode 87 | Publisher’s Gear Guide

Episode 87 of the Backpacking Light podcast features highlights from our new Publisher's Gear Guide - the gear that I actually own and use on my backcountry adventures.

Backcountry Skiing to a Fire Lookout

BPL author Mark Wetherington skis into a remote fire lookout tower in Montana’s backcountry on a chilly winter night.

Episode 86 | Ultralight Shelter Fabrics

In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast we're going to talk about ultralight fabrics used in backpacking shelters.

Backcountry Permits: Navigating Logistics and Disappointment in the Modern Technological Age

Different land management agencies have different difficulties obtaining a permit to plan and enjoy a backpacking trip.

Hypothermia

What is hypothermia, and how do you treat it with an ultralight backcountry gear kit?

Episode 85 | Backcountry Lightning Risk Management

In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast we're going to talk about lightning storm risk management in the backcountry.

Episode 84 | Satellite Messaging (ZOLEO)

In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, we interview Morris Shawn, President of Roadpost and Zoleo, about satellite messaging and the evolution of the Zoleo Satellite Communicator.

How much does backpacking really cost?

Daniel Hu discusses the question: How much should I spend on my backpacking kit, and how can I do so responsibly?

The Fact of Fatigue: On Trail Running, Jeff Garmire, and the High Price of Endurance

Isaac Simons humorously describes the effects of overtraining for trail running adventures including discussions with Jeff Garmire.

Durston X-Mid Pro 2 Review

UPDATED! (Long-term performance) - The Durston X-Mid Pro 2 tent is an ultralight (20.4 oz / 578 g) two-person, side-entry, double-door, double-vestibule single-wall Dyneema Composite Fabrics (DCF) trekking pole-supported shelter.

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