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Walking the Great Rift Valley

Heat, army ants, and stupendous views await Jeff de Graffenried as he treks through South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Cutting it Short in the Lost River Range

Mark Wetherington confronts the novelty of bailing on a trip after things don't go as planned in Idaho's Lost River Range.

The Blue Lights of the San Rafael Swell

Sometimes we backpack to get a taste of the unknowable: blue lights and pictographs in the San Rafael Swell.

Finding Meaning on the Green River

Ben Kilbourne hikes and packrafts along the Green River in Wyoming.

A Walk in the Park: 100 Miles Across the Wilds of Kafue National Park

An off-trail trek through a Zambian wildlife preserve.

Searching for the Light

After the year of darkness that was 2020, I needed to walk in the light of the Mojave desert.

Blood Moon on the Border

An off-trail borderlands odyssey during a lunar eclipse in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Off-Season on the Oregon Coast Trail

Tides, blowdowns, and sunsets abound as Maggie Slepian and two friends tackle the quirky and challenging Oregon Coast Trail.

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.

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