The Backpacking Light Podcast

The Backpacking Light Podcast explores the technology, gear, skills, and philosophy of backcountry wilderness travel through stories, interviews, and investigative reports.

Latest Podcast Episodes
March 20, 2023
Episode 78 | Stove System Performance (Flame Power vs. Fuel Efficiency)

In this episode, we’re going to address stove system performance and specifically, flame power vs. fuel efficiency.

February 22, 2023
Episode 77 | Planning, Pooping, and Campfires (Backcountry Leave No Trace Challenges During the Winter)

In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we’re going to examine some of the principles of Leave No Trace in the context of winter backcountry travel, with a focus on planning, pooping, and campfires.

February 13, 2023
Episode 76 | Vapor Barrier Gloves and Socks

In today’s episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we are going to explore vapor barrier systems for the hands and feet.

February 7, 2023
Episode 75 | Winter Layering for the Legs

Much attention is paid to layering for the torso, head, hands, and feet – but the legs are often ignored. However, during winter conditions, an intentional layering strategy for the legs can make the difference between comfort and misery. For mild winter conditions, a layering strategy may look similar to a 3-season lower body layering system. However, when temperatures drop below freezing, and snow and wind increase, the strategy needs to change a bit. Listen to this episode to explore some of these strategies so you can stay warm and comfortable when the mercury drops.

January 23, 2023
Episode 74 | Shelter Stakes for Winter Camping

Listen Summary In this episode, we address winter shelter stakes for frozen ground, hard snow, and unconsolidated snow. In this Episode: News: Avalanche Awareness and Safety Live Stream Q&A – January…

January 9, 2023
Episode 73 | Avalanche Awareness for Backpackers

In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, you’re going to learn about avalanche awareness in the context of winter hiking, snowshoeing, and ski touring.

November 22, 2022
Episode 72 | The Cottage Industry

In this episode we talk to Garage Grown Gear CEO and co-founder Lloyd Vogel where we’ll be diving into the outdoor gear cottage industry.

November 15, 2022
Episode 71 | Sleeping Bag Layering Systems

In today’s episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we’re going to talk about how to use multi-layered sleep systems to stay warmer on multi-day trips in cold weather.

November 2, 2022
Episode 70 | Fall Backpacking & Cold Feet

In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, we talk about how to mitigate cold feet during fall-season backpacking conditions.

October 11, 2022
Episode 69 | Ultralight Shelters in Inclement Weather

Episode 69 of the Backpacking Light Podcast dives into ultralight shelters and how their structures hold up during inclement weather.