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 14, 2019
Podcast 022 | Hypothermia and Frostbite – Treatment and Prevention

To help you stay safe this season, this Backpacking Light SKILLS SHORT centers on frostbite and hypothermia.

November 30, 2019
Podcast 021 | Backcountry Coffee

Coffee. What makes a good cup, what makes a bad cup, and what are the best ways to java yourself in the backcountry? All these questions and more are the subject of this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast.

November 22, 2019
Podcast 020 | SKILLS SHORT – Backpacking with Children

In this SKILLS SHORT Ryan and Andrew talk about best practices for backpacking with kids: route planning, trip types, gear, safety, and more.

November 1, 2019
Podcast 019 | Jeff Garmire and the Long Trail Unsupported FKT

In the summer of 2019, Jeff Garmire achieved the fastest known time on Vermont’s iconic Long Trail, clocking all 272 miles in five days, twenty- three hours, and forty-eight minutes. Here’s the interview.

October 17, 2019
Podcast 018 | SKILLS SHORT – Clothing Systems for Inclement Weather

In this podcast, we discuss this: how does clothing system for 3/4 season, inclement conditions, differ from my summer backpacking clothing?

September 25, 2019
Podcast 017 | Adam Federman on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Public Lands Policy Under the Trump Administration

Jimmy Carter created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in 1980, and it’s been a contentious subject ever since. A bonanza of biodiversity, the ANWR also potentially sits atop one of America’s last untapped oil reserves. In this episode, Andrew talks to Adam Federman, a journalist covering the recent push by the Trump administration to lease oil and gas rights in the refuge. Adam is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations, where he’s spent the last few years covering energy, public land, and the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

September 15, 2019
Podcast 016 | SKILLS SHORT: Maceration and Immersion Foot Diseases

In this SKILLS SHORT, Ryan and Andrew break down the causes, symptoms, and results of immersion foot diseases.

August 10, 2019
Podcast 015 | Trip Short: The Tahoe Rim Trail

Ryan interviews Andrew Marshall about his recent thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail. They talk about snow, gear, training, and more.

July 29, 2019
Podcast 014 | SKILLS SHORT – Training for Backpacking

It’s no secret: the more physically prepared you are for a backpacking trip, the more you are going to enjoy yourself. But what are the most effective ways to reach optimal backpacking condition? That’s the topic of today’s BPL SKILLS SHORT: training.

July 8, 2019
Podcast 013 | SKILLS SHORT – Tent-bound in a Storm

In this episode, Ryan offers some practical guidelines for managing wet gear, condensation, and camp chores if you have to be holed up in a tent during a prolonged period of inclement weather.

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