Sometimes we backpack to get a taste of the unknowable: blue lights and pictographs in the San Rafael Swell.
Ben Kilbourne hikes and packrafts along the Green River in Wyoming.
An off-trail trek through a Zambian wildlife preserve.
After the year of darkness that was 2020, I needed to walk in the light of the Mojave desert.
An off-trail borderlands odyssey during a lunar eclipse in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Tides, blowdowns, and sunsets abound as Maggie Slepian and two friends tackle the quirky and challenging Oregon Coast Trail.
Rediscovering the Great Smoky Mountains by lens and brush.
Longtime Backpacking Light author Emylene VanderVeldon takes on a suspiciously-named untraversed route, one of the most difficult she’s ever attempted.
With Covid-19 necessitating an unsupported hike, we undertook an ambitious loop through the geysers and lakes of the Yellowstone Caldera.
Wind River backpacking and tenkara fly fishing in the Sawmill Creek drainage and Upper Silas Canyon in Wyoming's Popo Agie Wilderness.
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.
A detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe.
Part 1 of a detailed account of our expedition down the Nahanni River by canoe, including our pre-trek preparation and training.
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.
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).
Trip report: A 6-day, 76-mile backpacking loop in Great Smoky Mountains NP from the Sinks to the Little Tennessee River and back.
My Fryatt Valley Hike trip report - photos, gear notes, planning and prep.
A narrative about Andrew Marshall's thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail during a big snow year.
A quick, weekend trip into the Medicine Bow Range creates the background for this story of navigation technique and philosophy.
Unseasonably cold May temperatures and a winter storm warning were too much to pass up, so we set out for an overnighter in SE Wyoming.