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Weekend Wanderings in West Texas: Photo Essay
Saved by the Guadalupe Mountains, the author learns to live in West Texas and begins to enjoy the area with weekend visits to the mountains.
Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.
Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style.
Rambling the High Sierra
There are so many ways to navigate through the Sierras - why not try them all?
Wilderness Trekking School – Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay
The ultralight boot camp is exactly like it sounds; it prepares you to meet unexpected challenges in the wilderness. Plus it's a lot of fun and the scenery is stunning.
2013 Photo Contest Winners!
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience.
Backpacking Light 2013 Photo Contest – Part 1, Information for Entrants
Submit your best shots from 2013!
In 10 Days across Switzerland
Absolutely Stunning! This photo essay will take you over 14 mountain passes through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Off-trail in the Teton Wilderness – Take 2
Grizzly Bears! Mountain Goats! Elk! With a clear conscience the author returns to conquer this vast wilderness.
Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Photo Essay
Buckskin Gulch is one of the top 10 most dangerous hikes in America as sudden rain fall can lead to flash floods. Paria Canyon is stunning. Grab a seat and relive the journey.
Off-trail in the Teton Wilderness
The Teton Wilderness is vast and beautiful. Take a journey through this landscape and enjoy the scenery.
Global Test Conclusion: Honeymooning in the Backcountry
Danny and Kristin wrap up their 2-year Honeymoon with Backcountry skiing in Europe and discover their home.
Yellowstone River Packrafting
An Introduction to Packrafting in the Yellowstone River Corridor between its headwaters and Big Timber, MT.
Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
Photos from a Scout trek across the Spanish Peaks in Southwest Montana, with some insight into how we incorporate an ultralight ethic into groups.
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp.
2012 Photo Contest Winners!
The votes are counted, photos drooled over, and the top ten are in. Congrats to all who entered - the eye candy was gorgeous!
Global Test Main Page
Danny Milks and Kristin Tennessen left California in September 2009 to embark upon a two-year international backpacking adventure. Follow their travels, break down their gear lists, and step into their photos for a global adventure like nothing you've ever seen!
Keeping it Real in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real: Global Test Photo Essay
Lightweight backpacking in Bolivia's northern Andes.
Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru: Global Test Photo Essay
Trekking in one of the world's deepest canyons.
Hiking the Santa Cruz Loop in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Global Test Photo Essay
Escaping the "boxes" of modern society in the heart of the breathtaking Peruvian Andes.