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How Biking to Trailheads Can Enrich Backpacking

Mark Wetherington explores how trading auto for bicycle for home-to-trailhead transportation impacts the hiking and backpacking experience.

Thinking Behind the Gate

Now when I'm reading on an NPS or USFS website and see "gate closed until..." I don't see a barrier - I see an opportunity for solitude.

Unpacked: The Backpacking Tithe Project

Is backpacking your hobby or your habit? Examining the subtle difference can provide profound insights into how to spend your time.

Unpacked: Reservations Required

From first-come, first-served to limited lotteries and everywhere in between, permits are increasingly becoming a fact of life for backcountry adventures

Springtime Solitude in Southern Utah

BPL author Mark Wetherington rambles through Capitol Reef National Park.

Unpacked: Rewards of Repetition

Greek philosophy says you can't step in the same river twice, but what about backpacking the same trail?

Gear List: Tenkara Fly Fishing in the Northern Rockies

Mark Wetherington's tenkara gear list serves as a great entry point to backcountry fly fishing for newcomers.

How To Ask Someone to Pull Your Car Out of the Snow

Sometimes the best skill is humbly asking for help. Here's a story about my experience getting unstuck when driving snowy backcountry roads.

Unpacked: “Billionaire Wilderness” Book Review

When money and conservation collide.

Unpacked: When Gear Owns You

A recent multi-sport adventure got BPL columnist Mark Wetherington thinking about gear and our relationship to it.

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