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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.

More Reasons to Modify Gear

There are many good motives for altering equipment. Mostly we focus on reducing weight, fixing problems, or adding features. Here are a few more reasons.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Resources for the Backpacking Light Community

This document provides information for the Backpacking Light community on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus.

Backpacking and Long-Distance Hiking in the Time of Covid-19

We need to take a hard look at what it means to be a long-distance backpacker in 2020 - what types of trips should be off the table, what types of trips are still okay, and how to keep yourself sane if you can’t make a backpacking trip work this year.

Beginner’s Mind: A Lifelong Ground Sleeper Takes to the Trees

After a lifetime of pole-supported shelters and sleeping pads, I’d decided to give hammock camping a try.

Buy Less, Do More with Good Enough Gear

What you’re really hooked on is the dopamine rush from buying and trying new gear - which doesn’t last very long.

Nature Therapy in the Backcountry (Traveling Light Towards Mindfulness and Wellness)

Nature Therapy in the Backcountry is an exploration of mindfulness, wellness, and the mental/emotional aspects of ultralight backcountry travel.

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