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What is a Backpacking Trip Failure?

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

The Blue Lights of the San Rafael Swell

Sometimes we backpack to get a taste of the unknowable: blue lights and pictographs in the San Rafael Swell.

Durston X-Mid 2P Review

The Durston X-Mid 2P is a 2-person, double-wall, dual side-entry, silpoly shelter with two vestibules that weighs 40 oz (1134 g).

Finding Meaning on the Green River

Ben Kilbourne hikes and packrafts along the Green River in Wyoming.

It’s Time to Talk About Campfires

Why do so many of us still feel compelled to have fires?

YAR.gear Mountain Drifter 38L Review

The YAR.gear Mountain Drifter 38L (~18 oz / 510 g, MSRP $200) is a light and modular fastpacking pack that can accommodate heavier loads for short distances if need be.

The Overlook: Observing Transition Season

Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.

The Overlook: Good Gear Lets You Be Present

What's the perfect pack? One that stays off your mind.

Take This Poem on Your Next Trip

The words you carry with you are just as important as your gear.

Gryphon Gear Aries 20 Quilt Review

The Gryphon Gear Aries 20 Quilt (25.7 oz / 729 g, MSRP from $327) is a three-season quilt with a differential cut, draft collar, an edge tensioning system, and 17.5 oz (496 g) of down fill.

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