In part three of his series on modern wildfires, Rex Sanders uses video and animation to help you visualize just how crazy this wildfire season has been.
Essays & Commentary
Insightful and provocative opinions about wilderness philosophy, issues, and techniques; also introspective writing about lightweight backpacking or wilderness philosophy.
In part two of his essay series on modern wildfires, Rex Sanders explores how backpackers must adapt to the new normal.
In the first part of his series on modern wildfires, Rex Sanders runs through the most common dangers associated with wildfires – and what you can do about them.
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.
Am I willing to temper my desire for the pristine with an awareness that the pristine is a cultural construct?
We don’t explore urban landscapes like we explore the wild. But maybe we can apply ultralight backpacking techniques to urban exploration.
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.
After a lifetime of pole-supported shelters and sleeping pads, I’d decided to give hammock camping a try.
What you’re really hooked on is the dopamine rush from buying and trying new gear – which doesn’t last very long.
To me, ultralight backpacking is the idea that one should solve a problem using as little as possible, but that which is used to solve the problem should be as effective as possible. Defined as such, the actual weight of individual pieces of gear, or one’s pack, matters less, and takes a back seat to the performance-to-weight ratio of a piece of gear.