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    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    I’m so tired of gear discussions. Backpacking should be about the trips we take.

    My favorite of all time is this one:

    Doug Ide provided a teaser in this thread —

    https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/89168/

    I’ve done several trips with Doug, and he makes trips special with his personality and demeanor.

     

    The actual trip report was penned by Ike Jutkowitz. I’ve never met Ike. His writing and camera skills are top notch.

    https://backpackinglight.com/onto-the-shelf-jutkowitz/

    #3705409
    jscott
    BPL Member

    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    I’m so glad that people other than me do this sort of thing! I can’t quite get to the actual trip report however.

    the few times that I inadvertently found myself on snowed over lake, pond or stream ice, it was a bad idea. But it always happened in early early spring. Always made it off safe tho!

    #3705485
    ed hyatt
    BPL Member

    @edhyatt

    Locale: The North, Scotland

    Totally agree.

    Using the gear is more fun.

    Hopefully the initiative to make posting trip reports easier will go somewhere, I resist as I have found the process laborious in the past.

    I always really enjoyed reading Tom Kirchner’s stuff; led me to the Sierra.

    #3705486
    Luke Schmidt
    BPL Member

    @cameron

    Locale: Alaska

    Trip reports seem to have slowed down but they were my favorite part of BPL for a while.

    We might be a victim of own success. I remember lots of excited hikers posting “I went UL and I didn’t die!” Just making the newfangled gear work was an adventure. Seems like there is less of that now that the community has pretty much found the limits and there isn’t that same sense of discovery.

    #3705497
    Paul Wagner
    BPL Member

    @balzaccom

    Locale: Wine Country

    We post reports on four to five trips a year, at a minimum.  Those reports get very few comments, but we’ll keep doing it.

    Meanwhile, a thread about the lightest stove will get fifty comments, and spawn another thread on heat exchangers.

    If you want more trip reports, keep them alive by commenting on them, and encouraging others to post as well.

    Meanwhile, we couldn’t possibly choose one trip as the best.  We’ve loved them all…

    #3705501
    Kevin Babione
    BPL Member

    @kbabione

    Locale: Pennsylvania

    @balzaccom – PLEASE keep posting your adventures and trips.  I’ll be more proactive about commenting on them, but I read everyone and enjoy all of your photos.  I feel that I’d know “Le Vin Blanc” if I ever came across it at a trailhead (pretty unlikely here in the East).

    I read pretty much every trip report – it gives me a completely different view of backpacking than what I see here in PA.  I’ll try to do a better job of posting reports from my trips here to give those of you in the west a view that you might not normally have.

    #3705512
    HkNewman
    BPL Member

    @hknewman

    Locale: Western US

    Too many to choose from but ”drongobirds” various trips backpacking around the Bay Area ignited the imagination as did Ike’s icy trips in upper Michigan.

    Really enjoyed some BPL’ers tackling the TRT (Tahoe Rim) too, though a car break-in marred the end of that trip.

    #3705515
    William Chilton
    BPL Member

    @williamc3

    Locale: Antakya

    Enabling BBCode for photos might help. I post trip reports on another forum but to post them here as well would entail a lot of extra work to insert the photos etc. No wonder that many TR here are basically links to a report posted elsewhere.

     

    #3705517
    Kattt
    BPL Member

    @kattt

    I am being lazy here..but I sure miss Eugene Smith’s  (?) reports. The photography was off the charts and the narrative was superb.

    #3705518
    Kattt
    BPL Member

    @kattt

    #3705557
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    Yes, Eugene was a favorite of mine too.

    #3705559
    Karen
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    “Favorite…of all time” is a high bar. Would be hard to choose. I think my fav is the one I’m about to do, at any given time!

    I loved the Chilkoot Trail. Not wilderness or solitude, plenty of people. But great fun hiking, enough challenge but not a killer, varied scenery, plenty of birds, and loads of history.

    #3705560
    Karen
    BPL Member

    @granolagirlak

    Oh sorry, you asked for fav trip report, not fav trip! I haven’t read many of them at BPL. I like Manfreds’, and the guy (name Philip?) who reports in from Kodiak. Can’t link to any of them though.

    #3705566
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I agree the trip reports are great. I particularly enjoy trip reports from Adam W, Cameron M, and Tom K.

    #3705572
    Philip Tschersich
    BPL Member

    @philip-ak

    Locale: Kodiak Alaska

    This one is my favorite. Great pics. Descriptive, laconic prose. And an excellent video.

    Real effort. Real adversity. Real adventure.

    Things to Luc at- The Logan Traverse

    The video is on Luc’s site and on Vimeo here.

    Thanks for the shout out, Karen. All my trip vids are here.

    #3705574
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Oh and Philip’s TR videos!

    #3705604
    Tom K
    BPL Member

    @tom-kirchneraol-com-2

    No serious discussion of TRs would be complete without mention of Craig Wisner’s meditative gems, IMO.

    #3705637
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    The new site we are launching in May will give those posting TR’s much more visibility. We are pulling the main trip reports out of the forums (but still having forum threads tied to them, similar to what we currently do for articles), offering a much better reading experience, and more visibility to our members and visitors.

    In addition, trip reports can be filtered/searched by country, state/province, the month of the year the trip was taken (to give a feel for seasonality of the report). Videos and online maps (or routes/tracks) can be embedded as well, at the option of the author.

    #3705746
    Ben C
    BPL Member

    @alexdrewreed

    Locale: Kentucky

    Ike’s report is sublime. I also love his photos. It’s otherworldly. I’ve never really been anywhere like that. That may be my favorite too.

    Eugene’s is fantastic too. Great photos in a different style. His report inspired me to go to New Mexico a couple of years ago.

    I think I somehow missed that Logan Traverse report. Also outstanding.

    I need to do a better job next time I do a trip report.

    #3705751
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    Ike’s report is sublime. I also love his photos. It’s otherworldly. I’ve never really been anywhere like that. That may be my favorite too.

    He has some other great ones, but this one was the icing on the the cake on so many levels.

    #3705763
    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member

    @ngatel

    Locale: Southern California

    No serious discussion of TRs would be complete without mention of Craig Wisner’s meditative gems, IMO.

    And, as you know, he’s a great hiking partner too.

    #3705975
    Tom K
    BPL Member

    @tom-kirchneraol-com-2

    “We are pulling the main trip reports out of the forums”

    Will they still be accessible?  I have stored links to many of them, some my own and some to others’ TRs.  Will I still be able to get to the originals?

    #3705976
    Tom K
    BPL Member

    @tom-kirchneraol-com-2

    “And, as you know, he’s a great hiking partner too.”

    Indeed.  One of my 2 “go to” partners.

    While I’m here, I don’t know why I didn’t mention Andy Duncan earlier.  He is one of the most creative route designers on BPL, IMO, and one whose TRs I almost always end up reading at least twice.

     

    #3705980
    Ryan Jordan
    Admin

    @ryan

    Locale: Central Rockies

    Tom – yes, they will remain accessible.

    #3705985
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    Manfred’s family trips.

    Philip’s videos of Kodiak Island adventures.

    Seeing Craig’s pottery get used outdoors.

    The couple who document their international treks with tons of details – essentially a how-to guide.

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