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 29, 2022
Episode 58 | Benny Braden on Public Lands Stewardship

Andrew and Ryan talk with public lands advocate and accomplished backpacker Benny Braden about vandalism, stewardship, and social media.

March 15, 2022
Episode 57 | Cottage Industry Interview: Food for the Sole

Andrew talks to Food for the Sole founders Julie and Henry Mosier about running a food production business, scaling, staff management, recipe iteration, and more.

March 4, 2022
Episode 56 | Portable Battery Chargers for Backpacking

In this episode, we chat with longtime Backpacking Light contributor Rex Sanders about his ongoing tests of portable battery chargers. Also, Ryan and Andrew chat about vandalism on public lands, electronic device management, new gear from Atom Packs, and the benefits of freeze-drying.

February 1, 2022
Episode 55 | Managing Perspiration in Layering Systems: Wicking, Evaporation, and Ventilation

Ryan and Andrew discuss strategies and gear for managing perspiration in layering systems, including the processes of wicking, evaporation, and ventilation.

January 18, 2022
Episode 54 | Foot Injuries, Training, and Rehabilitation for Hikers with John Zombro

Physical therapist and athletic performance coach John Zombro chats with Ryan and Andrew about foot injuries, training strategies, and rehabilitation in the context of hiking and long-distance backpacking.

January 4, 2022
Episode 53 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “Going Home”

Backpacking Light contributor Ben Kilbourne reads his meditation on the transition from wilderness to trail to parking lot.

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.