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Book Review: Trail of the Lost

Mark Wetherington reviews the Trail of the Lost by Andrea Lankford and reacts to the implications in unveils for backpackers.

On Finding and Claiming Femininity in the Backcountry

"...they never felt more powerful, or more fit, or happier about themselves and their bodies, than when they were thru-hiking." - Nikki Stavile on femininity in the backcountry.

Backcountry Permits: Navigating Logistics and Disappointment in the Modern Technological Age

Different land management agencies have different difficulties obtaining a permit to plan and enjoy a backpacking trip.

How much does backpacking really cost?

Daniel Hu discusses the question: How much should I spend on my backpacking kit, and how can I do so responsibly?

The Fact of Fatigue: On Trail Running, Jeff Garmire, and the High Price of Endurance

Isaac Simons humorously describes the effects of overtraining for trail running adventures including discussions with Jeff Garmire.

Look for Me in the Mountains (Backpacking Light Theme Song Download)

Backpacking Light Theme Music (Look for Me in the Mountains)

Tenkara Speaker Series No. 2: Karin Miller

Join us live online at our 2023 Tenkara Speaker Series with Karin Miller of Zen Tenkara. We'll chat about catching big fish on tenkara, Zen Tenkara history and products, industry trends, and what's next in the world of tenkara, and end with a live audience Q&A!

Tenkara Speaker Series No. 1: TJ Ferreira and John Geer

Join us live online at our 2023 Tenkara Speaker Series with TJ Ferreira and John Geer of Tenkara USA. We'll chat about Tenkara USA history and products, industry trends, and what's next in the world of tenkara, and end with a live audience Q&A!

Tri Peaks: Winter Scrambles in the Santa Monica Mountains

An essay on how day hikes and trail runs can enhance our outdoor experience when the wilderness isn’t accessible.

Musings: Hiking in Grizzly Country

Musings about backpacking in grizzly bear habitat.

Unresting Event

See how backpacking and forest ranger work in the High Uinta Wilderness and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument influenced Ben Kilbourne’s record, Unresting Event.

Lessons from Moving Fast

Ben Kilbourne explores the experience of moving fast through a vast mountain landscape and what you can learn from the experience.

The Best of Backpacking Light: 2022 Highlights

Highlights of 2022 - the most popular, most engaging content and featured highlights, forums, education, and more.

BPL Live! Tour, News, and Q&A

Join us for BPL Live! and take a tour of Backpacking Light, find out what's new, and get answers to your questions about Backpacking Light, using the website, getting the most out of your membership, and more!

Hiking and Backpacking Injuries and Other Medical Issues Dominant inReach SOS Incidents

Data from 10,000 inReach SOS incidents show that hikers and backpackers needing emergency assistance for injuries and other medical issues is the predominant inReach use case.

Garmin inReach Messenger (Preview/Updated)

The Garmin inReach Messenger provides seamless messaging across cellular, WiFi, and satellite networks for only 4.0 ounces. It offers some compelling features over its closest competitor, the Zoleo Satellite Communicator, including an on-device display that makes it a viable standalone device when used without a smartphone.

Can Apple’s New iPhone 14 Replace Your Garmin inReach?

Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?

Backpacking is Pointless, and That’s the Point

Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.

The Backpacking Tithe Revisited

Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.

Ultralight Cottage Gear Makers Reflect On The Last Few Years

Cottage backpacking gear makers face supply chain and logistical challenges but find fulfillment in other aspects of their operations.

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