"...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.
Different land management agencies have different difficulties obtaining a permit to plan and enjoy a backpacking trip.
Daniel Hu discusses the question: How much should I spend on my backpacking kit, and how can I do so responsibly?
Isaac Simons humorously describes the effects of overtraining for trail running adventures including discussions with Jeff Garmire.
Backpacking Light Theme Music (Look for Me in the Mountains)
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!
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!
An essay on how day hikes and trail runs can enhance our outdoor experience when the wilderness isn’t accessible.
Musings about backpacking in grizzly bear habitat.
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.
Ben Kilbourne explores the experience of moving fast through a vast mountain landscape and what you can learn from the experience.
Highlights of 2022 - the most popular, most engaging content and featured highlights, forums, education, and more.
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!
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.
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.
Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?
Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.
Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.
Cottage backpacking gear makers face supply chain and logistical challenges but find fulfillment in other aspects of their operations.
A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.