Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.
I'm a big planner at home, but not so much with backpacking. On my last OCT solo section, I actually had to do all of the planning myself.
What's the perfect pack? One that stays off your mind.
Rex Sanders examines the arcs and stages that backpackers take as years and mileage start to add up.
It takes a close call for Maggie Slepian to dial in her risk assessment skills.
Greek philosophy says you can't step in the same river twice, but what about backpacking the same trail?
The words you carry with you are just as important as your gear.
I thought I knew how to take first-time backpackers out, but I'd never actually taken a bare beginner into the backcountry.
Ben Kilbourne reflects on his first journey in the Bear's Ears National Monument, and wonders how to give back to such special places.
Rex Sanders takes a walk down memory lane (er, trail).
For some people, turning back is the hardest skill to learn.
When we trek, we are taking the paintbrush or pencil that is the foot to the page that is the earth.
Shilletha Curtis recounts a harrowing encouter and invites the reader to see the world through her eyes.
Maggie Slepian considers what it means to be a perfectly average backpacker in a city (and industry) full of high-achievers.
Ben Kilbourne follows tracks in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as its fate once again hangs in the balance.
Is backpacking suddenly...hard? Ben Kilbourne understands, and discusses how to deal with it during uncertain times.
Some observations on cheap one-person shelters, including on their design, proliferation, and history, and comparison between some shelters.
BPL columnist Maggie Slepian unpacks suffering in endurance sports.
BPL author Rex Sanders meditates on gratitude and 2020 as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury during the time of COIVD and wildfires.
A recent multi-sport adventure got BPL columnist Mark Wetherington thinking about gear and our relationship to it.