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Episode 54 | Foot Injuries, Training, and Rehabilitation for Hikers with John Zombro

Physical therapist and athletic performance coach John Zombro chats with Ryan and Andrew about foot injuries, training strategies, and rehabilitation in the context of hiking and long-distance backpacking.

Walking the Great Rift Valley

Heat, army ants, and stupendous views await Jeff de Graffenried as he treks through South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Freeze-Drying Your Own Backpacking Meals: How to Eat Your Favorite Town Food on the Trail

In this freeze-drying installment, we discuss the history of freeze-drying and experiment with using a freeze dryer to prepare our favorite take-out town meal for enjoyment in the backcountry.

Do moisture-wicking fabrics work?

Moisture-wicking fabrics (base layers and underwear) are designed to move sweat away from the skin. In this study, we test if Polartec and other base layer fabrics meet manufacturer claims.

Episode 53 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “Going Home”

Backpacking Light contributor Ben Kilbourne reads his meditation on the transition from wilderness to trail to parking lot.

Using Alum to Clarify Muddy Water on Trips

A lesson in chemistry provides the solution for how to treat extremely muddy water sources in the backcountry.

Why and How to Organize and Pack Backpacking Gear on the Trail and in Camp

Having an intentional, consistent, and efficient approach to packing your gear for a backpacking trip saves time and energy while hiking and in camp.

Episode 52 | Gear We Love (2021 Edition)

Andrew, Ryan, and the Backpacking Light team chat about their favorite gear they used in 2021.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pod Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods are clamshell design, waterproof stuff sacks designed to fit perfectly inside backpacks.

Going Home

The transitions from the simple discomfort of the trail to the chaotic comfort of life at home happen by degrees. What can I learn from the trail that will allow me to experience home life in a new way?

BatteryBench: A Protocol for Testing Portable Battery Chargers and Electronic Devices for Backpacking

Rex Sanders runs through an extensive protocol for testing portable battery chargers and electronic devices.

How to Manage Electronics and Batteries in the Backcountry (Member Q&A)

Considerations for managing backcountry electronics including portable battery packs, batteries in cold temperatures, headlamps, cameras, satellite communicators, fitness watches, smartphones, and more.

Hammock Gear Premium Burrow Quilt Review

The Hammock Gear Premium Burrow Quilt is a customizable backpacking down quilt with a functional pad attachment system and high-end materials.

Episode 51 | Cottage Industry Interview: Livio Melo of allmansright

A conversation with Livio Melo, founder of Allmansright, an up-and-coming gear maker based in the Bronx, New York.

Cutting it Short in the Lost River Range

Mark Wetherington confronts the novelty of bailing on a trip after things don't go as planned in Idaho's Lost River Range.

What is a Backpacking Trip Failure?

Some things actually suck. We can still learn from them.

Synthetic Insulation Degradation Part 2: Thermal Performance vs. Compression

How bad does high-loft synthetic insulation (Climashield Apex and Primaloft Gold) degrade when subjected to repeated compression cycles? What's the impact on backpacking gear and apparel?

How to Use an Ursack

Ursacks are lighter alternatives to bear canisters for food storage but require the right knots and tying locations to protect your food.

Episode 50 | Listener Q & A

It's our 50th episode! To celebrate, we reached out to listeners and asked them to submit their big backpacking questions - our answers of which provide the meat for this episode.

Publisher’s Gear Guide

Backpacking Light owner, founder, and publisher Ryan Jordan's commentary on the hiking, camping, and backpacking gear he's been using this year.

Staff Picks 2021

Each year, our staff selects their favorite hiking, backpacking, and other backcountry gear that they’ve used this year - our infamous Staff Picks!

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