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24: Nine Months ’til Summer
Episode 3: The first big snowfall of the season (in September!) had us traversing the Hyalite-Cottonwood divide for snow hiking and camping.
Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
With temperatures that ranged from -5 F to 40 F, the Bob Marshall Wilderness threw some formidable weather our way and reminded us: this stuff ain't for the faint of heart!
24: Garnet Mountain Forest Service Lookout, Montana
Episode 2: we focused on fast food preparation and the elimination of a whole lotta gear by hiking into a U.S. Forest Service lookout cabin.
24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana’s Gallatin Mountains
You have 24 hours to quickly engage in a Wild Place with minimal disruption to your job or your family. Where will YOU go?
Race Report: 2009 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic
"We all know better than to do this race."
Grand Canyon Rim-2-Rim-2-Rim
While perhaps a touch extreme, running Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim (RRR) is not uncommon within trail running circles. But within hiking circles, this trek does not seem to garner much attention, when there are few trips, mile-for-mile, hour-for-hour, that compare. In one day, you pass through 1.6 billion years of geology (four times) and span the grandest Big Ditch in the world (twice).
The Journey’s End: Summarizing 4000 Miles Along the Wild Coast (Podcast)
A few weeks after completing their 4000-mile journey by foot, ski and packraft from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Erin and Hig share a tale of a destructive bear encounter, their favorite gear, future plans, and why being good at transitions was a vital ingredient to the trip's success.
Mountain Magic on the Pyrenean High Route
Backpacking Light member David McClure's forty-two-day traverse of the French/Spanish border mountains.
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast – Raising an Adventurer
Erin and Hig's mothers weigh in with childhood anecdotes that give us a glimpse of young explorers in the making.
Track Notes for the GR52 in France
Roger Caffin leaves the GR5 behind and takes the GR52 to the Mediterranean Sea.
Packraft Trekking in Montana’s Bear Trap Canyon (Videocast)
Ryan Jordan and Bill Stadwiser explore the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness (the nation's first BLM-managed Wilderness Area) by foot and packraft.
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast – When the Weather Outside is Frightful and There is No Inside, What Gear Works?
Carol Crooker exposes the insanity of Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick. Three pounds of shared sleeping quilt for minus 30 degree weather?!
Yellowstone in Winter: An Igloo Traverse in America’s Oldest National Park
Chris Townsend explores Yellowstone during the winter in a group igloo expedition with skis, snowshoes, and pulks.
Packrafting the Grand Canyon
Roman Dial leads first legal (permitted) packrafting trek in the Grand Canyon.
Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon
A river explorer takes on the Colorado River in a packraft.
Out of Your Comfort Zone: Through the Beartooth Mountains with Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Program
BPL members and staff trek - off trails and off maps - through the snowy Beartooth Mountains
Bringing up the Rear: An Ultralighter Hikes across the Weminuche with a “Mixed” Group
Ultralighters love replacing old gear with new. But what gets lost when you get new hiking buddies to go with your new kit?
Backpacking Light Editor, Don Wilson, on the PCT this Summer
Mojave, CA (June 12) to Ashland, OR (August ?) - say Hello!
Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail
The 4900 mile ADT bisects the continental US from east to west.
Several Thousand Steps on the PCT
Lightweight gear and food, and lessons learned along two hundred miles of the PCT from B to C (Bend, Oregon to the Columbia River).