Maggie Slepian uses past experiences on trail to push through rough days on Colorado's challenging Collegiate West.
In a year of back-and-forth hiking plans and a busy career in backpacking media, Maggie works on understanding what backpacking means to her.
I'm a big planner at home, but not so much with backpacking. On my last OCT solo section, I actually had to do all of the planning myself.
It takes a close call for Maggie Slepian to dial in her risk assessment skills.
I thought I knew how to take first-time backpackers out, but I'd never actually taken a bare beginner into the backcountry.
For some people, turning back is the hardest skill to learn.
Tides, blowdowns, and sunsets abound as Maggie Slepian and two friends tackle the quirky and challenging Oregon Coast Trail.
Maggie takes a look at the new DCF printing technology being used by LiteAF.
Maggie Slepian considers what it means to be a perfectly average backpacker in a city (and industry) full of high-achievers.
BPL columnist Maggie Slepian unpacks suffering in endurance sports.
Chances are, you've got something in your pack that could be lighter, but it works for you. Maggie Slepian shares her heaviest items.
BPL columnist Maggie Slepian reminds new and old hands alike to prepare for shoulder-season backpacking accordingly.
I fell into a rut, like many of us when an activity is familiar and comfortable. It took connecting with a more experienced backpacker to show me I had the knowledge and skills to push myself into new territory.
The Learning Curve is a new column by outdoor journalist Maggie Slepian. In this installment, she talks about how easy it is to find yourself in over your head in the outdoors.