"...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.
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.
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?
Is backpacking your hobby or your habit? Examining the subtle difference can provide profound insights into how to spend your time.
In a year of back-and-forth hiking plans and a busy career in backpacking media, Maggie works on understanding what backpacking means to her.