Dan Durston is a gear designer, wilderness guide, and biologist. In this interview with Rex Sanders, he talks about the process and philosophy of shelter design.
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.
Rex Sanders interviews gear designer Dan Durston.
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.
Sometimes the best skill is humbly asking for help. Here's a story about my experience getting unstuck when driving snowy backcountry roads.
When we trek, we are taking the paintbrush or pencil that is the foot to the page that is the earth.
Maggie takes a look at the new DCF printing technology being used by LiteAF.
When money and conservation collide.
Rex Sanders interviews Michael Glavin, the founder and general manager of Zenbivy.
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.
Rex Sanders interviews long-time gear designer Mike Cecot-Scherer about tent design. This is part two of a three-part series.
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.