Podcast Episode May 15, 2023

Episode 81 | Unresting Event



In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan interviews Ben Kilbourne about his recent album, Unresting Event, and they discuss creating in the backcountry while sharing two songs from the album.
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In this Episode:

  • What’s new at Backpacking Light – Tents & Tenkara!
  • Ryan Jordan and Ben Kilbourne talk about the creative process in the backcountry and how the vinyl album Unresting Event came about.
  • Guitars and ukeleles in the backcountry.
  • Excerpts from Unresting Event
  • Challenges when being creative in the backcountry.

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    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Companion forum thread to: Podcast 81 | Unresting Event

    In Episode 81 of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Ben Kilbourne discuss creativity in the backcountry and Ben’s Unresting Event album.

    Ryan Jordan


    Locale: Central Rockies

    This was one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve had about creating art inspired by experiences in the backcountry. Thanks to Ben for being so giving with your time and talents, and thanks to our community for being supportive of our experiments to dive into other aspects of backcountry-life integration.

    I’d love to hear what other people are doing as well with backcountry inspiration:

    How do your experiences in the backcountry inspire you to be creative?

    John S.
    BPL Member


    It took me awhile to figure out what was meant by unresting event. The word unrest is seen elsewhere these days and the definition usually means political unrest (protesting, etc). I had to keep looking to see it is the name of his music album.

    Ben Kilbourne
    BPL Member


    Locale: Utah

    John, I think Unresting Event to me is sort of an oxymoron. An attempt to break down the idea that an event is just an event. Considering that things that happen just sort of go on—the reverberations endless maybe. I think it speaks to all the things that happen in the wilderness while we’re not there, while we’re not witness to them

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