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The Overlook: Observing Transition Season

Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.

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

Learning Curve: I Finally Had to Plan a Backpacking Trip With No Help

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.

Standards Watch: Mike Cecot-Scherer Talks Potty Trowels and More

Rex Sanders talks to Mike Cecot-Scherer about his innovative trowel design and more.

Springtime Solitude in Southern Utah

BPL author Mark Wetherington rambles through Capitol Reef National Park.

The Overlook: Good Gear Lets You Be Present

What's the perfect pack? One that stays off your mind.

The Backpacker’s Journey

Rex Sanders examines the arcs and stages that backpackers take as years and mileage start to add up.

Learning Curve: Risk Assessment

It takes a close call for Maggie Slepian to dial in her risk assessment skills.

Standards Watch: Dan Durston Talks Design and Business

Dan Durston is a gear designer, wilderness guide, and biologist. In this interview with Rex Sanders, he talks about the process and philosophy of shelter design.

Unpacked: Rewards of Repetition

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

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