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Salamander Song

Rediscovering the Great Smoky Mountains by lens and brush.

Escape from COVID-19 at Corona Ridge

Longtime Backpacking Light author Emylene VanderVeldon takes on a suspiciously-named untraversed route, one of the most difficult she’s ever attempted.

Land of Fur and Fire: the Yellowstone Caldera Loop

With Covid-19 necessitating an unsupported hike, we undertook an ambitious loop through the geysers and lakes of the Yellowstone Caldera.

Wind River Backpacking: Sawmills, Tenkara, and Trout in the Popo Agie Wilderness

Wind River backpacking and tenkara fly fishing in the Sawmill Creek drainage and Upper Silas Canyon in Wyoming's Popo Agie Wilderness.

Reaching the Summit of Misti: The Challenges of High Altitude Hiking

Misti is one of the three volcanoes you can see from Arequipa, Peru, which is the second-largest city in the country. Part of the Andes mountain range, Misti is located between Chachani and Pichu Pichu. In this article, I’ll tell the story of my Misti summit attempt and share some lessons I learned along the way.

Traversing the Elusive Nahanni River by Canoe – Part 2: River of Dreams

A detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe.

Traversing the Elusive Nahanni River by Canoe – Part 1: Before the Trip

Part 1 of a detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe, including our pre-trek preparation and training.

Out of the Mojave and Into the Twilight Zone: Hiking the Desert Trail

A narrative of my spring hike on the Desert Trail, and what it was like to re-enter American society at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Packing Light with 95 lbs: 40 Days Without Resupply in Far-Eastern Russia

This is a story about a 40-day backpacking trip in the Far East (Russia) where I started with a pack that weighed 95 lb (43 kg).

Great Smoky Mountains Backpacking Loop (Sinks-Little Tennessee River Trip Report)

Trip report: A 6-day, 76-mile backpacking loop in Great Smoky Mountains NP from the Sinks to the Little Tennessee River and back.

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