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
June 29, 2019
Podcast 012 | Lightweight Chairs & Seats for Backpacking

In this episode longtime BPL author Doug Johnson gives us a run-down of his favorite ultralight backcountry seating options reviewed in our new gear guide.

May 30, 2019
Podcast 011 | Canister Stove Reviews

This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast features highlights from our recent round of canister stove reviews.

May 23, 2019
Podcast 010 | TECH SHORT: StoveBench

In this episode, we talk about StoveBench: Backpacking Light’s new protocol for standardizing stove performance comparisons.

March 27, 2019
Podcast 009 | The Sun is a Compass

In this episode, we talk to Alaskan writer, biologist, and adventurer Caroline Van Hemert. Caroline is an ornithologist who, along with her husband Pat, undertook a 4,000-mile human-powered journey from Bellingham Washington to Kotzebue, a small town high above the arctic circle.

February 14, 2019
Podcast 008 | SKILLS SHORT: Winter Backpacking

Today’s episode is a SKILLS SHORT where we’ll discuss the philosophy and skills of lightweight winter backpacking.

December 17, 2018
Podcast 007 | Trekking Poles

This podcast dives into the science to answer the question: are trekking poles worth the weight?

November 15, 2018
Podcast 006 | Backcountry Filmmaking and Photography

Backcountry filmmaking and photography used to required thirty or more pounds of gear. Here’s how to produce great media at minimum weight!

October 17, 2018
Podcast 005 | Navigation

This podcast is about route planning and navigation skills and discusses a case study in complex navigation.

July 22, 2018
Podcast 004 | Guide’s Roundtable

A conversation w/guides Kevin, Dan, Adam and Ryan about the philosophy and benefits of ultralight backpacking.

May 25, 2018
Podcast 003 | Backpacking Food and Nutrition

In this episode we tackle the science, myths, and dogma surrounding backpacking food and nutrition. Featuring guest Brian Rigby, certified sports nutritionist and author. We tackle food and nutrition issues as they relate to thru-hiking, ketogenic diets, plant-based diets (veganism and vegetarianism), gluten-free issues, and macronutrient-micronutrient nutrition. Some questions we ask: what are the caloric and nutritional needs of backpackers? Why do we need to address dogma and pseudo-science in this field? We also take a look at some new cooking and water treatment gear and discuss what’s going on in the world of Backpacking Light right now.

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