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
December 22, 2021
Episode 52 | Gear We Love (2021 Edition)

Andrew, Ryan, and the Backpacking Light team chat about their favorite gear they used in 2021.

December 7, 2021
Episode 51 | Cottage Industry Interview: Livio Melo of allmansright

A conversation with Livio Melo, founder of Allmansright, an up-and-coming gear maker based in the Bronx, New York.

November 23, 2021
Episode 50 | Listener Q & A

It’s our 50th episode! To celebrate, we reached out to listeners and asked them to submit their big backpacking questions – our answers of which provide the meat for this episode.

November 9, 2021
Episode 49 | Untraditional Layers

Ryan and Andrew discuss lightweight layering options for backpacking clothing that fall outside the norm of function.

October 26, 2021
Episode 48 | Waterproof Breathable Fabrics

Andrew and Ryan chat with Backpacking Light contributor Stephen Seeber about layering and waterproof-breathable fabrics.

October 12, 2021
Episode 47 | Mark Wetherington Reads “The Backpacking Tithe Project”

Mark spends ten percent of every year backpacking – he just doesn’t do it all at once.

September 24, 2021
Episode 46 | Water-resistant Down

Andrew chats with the down experts at the IDFL Laboratory and Institute about water-resistant down.

September 3, 2021
Episode 45 | Backcountry Creativity

Andrew and Ryan talk about skills and strategies for painting, writing, composing, and photography while backpacking.

August 20, 2021
Episode 44 | The New Reality of Western Wildfires

Andrew and Ryan chat with Jaden Bales from the Wyoming Wildlife Federation about western wildfires.

August 6, 2021
Episode 43 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “Observing Transition Season”

What are you trying to accomplish when you backpack?

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