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Improving R-values For Consumers

Sleeping pad R-values are not useful for many consumers, and the guidance from pad makers, retailers, and gear reviewers is inconsistent and prone to misinterpretation. This is a proposal for improved labeling and marketing of R-values.

Why I Walk

It’s four-thirty in the afternoon and I’m feeling a sleepiness only caffeine, napping, or walking can fix. English tea time. Spanish siesta. Utah amble.

Jeff Garmire is Attempting an Unsupported FKT of the Colorado Trail

Jeff Garmire is attempting a Colorado Trail FKT (fastest known time). Here's his approach, gear, tracking info, and more. He started today.

Can Wilderness Include Humans?

Am I willing to temper my desire for the pristine with an awareness that the pristine is a cultural construct?

Getting Lost in an Urban Wilderness

We don’t explore urban landscapes like we explore the wild. But maybe we can apply ultralight backpacking techniques to urban exploration.

2020-2021 Website Development Timeline

In this post, we share about Backpacking Light’s plans for its next phase of website development. Over the past several months, we have been vetting enterprise website development agencies. We have made our final decision and are excited to announce that we are building a new site and plan to launch it in 2021.

Backpackers Should be Amateur Naturalists

Ben Kilbourne explores the need for backpackers to be amateur naturalists in our effort to steward our natural environment.

On Racial Justice and Protecting Intimacy Between Humanity and Nature

If some of humanity is threatened, then our humanity's collective intimacy with nature is also broken.

First, Buy A Smaller Pack

Internet pundits often insist that new lightweight backpackers should buy a pack last, so that it will hold all their new gear and a week’s worth of food. Sometimes the advice is to buy the pack first, a little larger in volume than the backpacker thinks they’ll need. But both approaches can misfire, and I think there’s a better way.

2020 Backpacking Light Adventure Film Festival

Recorded version of the livestream of the 2020 Backpacking Light Adventure Film Festival. This content is available only to Premium and Unlimited Members.

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