The SUL Mindset: Redefining SUL

The SUL Mindset may be more than gear weights, and performance standards.

Boys in the Wild (Short Film)

A short film about the challenges we face when trying to expose young men to backcountry experiences.

Commentary: The Packraft in 2013

Ten years ago, packrafters had few options. Today, the choices are many, and the future looks very promising.

Depression and Wilderness, Part 2: Wilderness May Not Be Enough

Is wilderness really a cure for depression, or just a temporary escape?

Depression and Wilderness: The Benefit of Wilderness as Therapy

"Wilderness settles peace on the soul because it needs no help. It is beyond human contrivance." -- E.O. Wilson

Personal Perspectives on the Philosophy of Lightweight Travel

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” -Henry David Thoreau

The Perils of Certainty

Making decisions based on incorrect information negates stellar gear and knowledge, leading to trouble. It can happen far more easily than many of us would care to admit.

Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems

Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.

Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession

How do we balance being a good parent, spouse and professional [insert your career here], while also embracing the side of us that wants to walk out the door and hike across the planet?

Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style

I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me?

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