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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.

Longest Known Soaking at Goldbug Hot Springs

A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.

Tent Fitting the Easy Way

If you are struggling to find a shelter that fits, you aren't alone. We provide some (mostly useful) advice in the context of a pop culture tour.

Exploration, An Act of Imagining

The horizon is our reminder that the way things are now is not the way things have to be. Exploring, even just backpacking into the hills at the edge of town, expands the known and opens us up to the possibility of more.

Going Home

The transitions from the simple discomfort of the trail to the chaotic comfort of life at home happen by degrees. What can I learn from the trail that will allow me to experience home life in a new way?

What is a Backpacking Trip Failure?

Some things actually suck. We can still learn from them.

How Biking to Trailheads Can Enrich Backpacking

Mark Wetherington explores how trading auto for bicycle for home-to-trailhead transportation impacts the hiking and backpacking experience.

Dealing with Mental Lows on Trail

Maggie Slepian uses past experiences on trail to push through rough days on Colorado's challenging Collegiate West.

It’s Time to Talk About Campfires

Why do so many of us still feel compelled to have fires?

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