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Standards Watch: Mike Cecot-Scherer on Tent Design

Rex Sanders interviews long-time gear designer Mike Cecot-Scherer about tent design. This is part two of a three-part series.

The Overlook: Backpacking in a Time of Uncertainty

Is backpacking suddenly...hard? Ben Kilbourne understands, and discusses how to deal with it during uncertain times.

Life in the Dog House: A Survey of the One-Person Tent, With History

Some observations on cheap one-person shelters, including on their design, proliferation, and history, and comparison between some shelters.

Learning Curve: Learning to Suffer

BPL columnist Maggie Slepian unpacks suffering in endurance sports.

Gratitude and Recovery After Outdoor Trauma

BPL author Rex Sanders meditates on gratitude and 2020 as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury during the time of COIVD and wildfires.

Unpacked: When Gear Owns You

A recent multi-sport adventure got BPL columnist Mark Wetherington thinking about gear and our relationship to it.

Standards Watch: Tent Designer Mike Cecot-Scherer Talks Standards

Rex Sanders interviews long-time gear designer Mike Cecot-Scherer about a range of common gear standards.

The Overlook: Understanding Livestock Grazing in Wilderness Areas

BPL columnist Ben Kilbourne uses a close encounter to examine the practice of livestock grazing on public land.

A Gear Confession

Chances are, you've got something in your pack that could be lighter, but it works for you. Maggie Slepian shares her heaviest items.

Learning Curve: A Shoulder Season Reminder

BPL columnist Maggie Slepian reminds new and old hands alike to prepare for shoulder-season backpacking accordingly.

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