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.