Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.
Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.
A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.
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.
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.
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?
Some things actually suck. We can still learn from them.
Mark Wetherington explores how trading auto for bicycle for home-to-trailhead transportation impacts the hiking and backpacking experience.
Maggie Slepian uses past experiences on trail to push through rough days on Colorado's challenging Collegiate West.
Why do so many of us still feel compelled to have fires?