Podcast Episode February 11, 2021

Episode 34 | Mental Health



In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan talk about mental health. This is something they both struggle with, and they’ve got a lot of thoughts on how to manage it both in and out of the backcountry. As their jumping-off point, they use a recent paper called Levels of Nature and Stress Response.

Also in this episode: new favorite winter gear, updates on the new website, and some recent favorite content at BPL. Also—has Andrew finally found some trail runners that will last more than 500 miles?

a sad-looking man rests in a tent
Photo credit: Ryan Jordan


Intro Conversation

  • Ryan’s still freeze-drying food. Taco soup this time!
  • Andrew just completed his first ultra-marathon

New Favorite Things

Mental Health

Backcountry Mental Health Management

Frontcountry Mental Health Management

  • How you treat and think about outdoor exercise is also important – are you jamming it in between other things?
  • Sunsama

What’s New at BPL

In the Forums

Related Content

About the Backpacking Light Podcast


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Feedback, Questions, Tips?


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