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The Overlook: Backpacking in a Time of Uncertainty

Is backpacking suddenly...hard? Ben Kilbourne understands, and discusses how to deal with it during uncertain times.

Salamander Song

Rediscovering the Great Smoky Mountains by lens and brush.

Escape from COVID-19 at Corona Ridge

Longtime Backpacking Light author Emylene VanderVeldon takes on a suspiciously-named untraversed route, one of the most difficult she’s ever attempted.

The Overlook: Othering in the Outdoors

BPL columnist Ben Kilbourne was on a trail run when he suddenly found himself in a mask-related confrontation. What happened next got him thinking.

Out of the Mojave and Into the Twilight Zone: Hiking the Desert Trail

A narrative of my spring hike on the Desert Trail, and what it was like to re-enter American society at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Resources for the Backpacking Light Community

This document provides information for the Backpacking Light community on matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus.

Podcast 25 | Covid-19: What Does it Mean for Backpacking?

Andrew and Ryan discuss the ethics of backpacking in light of Covid-19. They are joined by Jeff Garmire and Maggie Slepian.

Backpacking and Long-Distance Hiking in the Time of Covid-19

We need to take a hard look at what it means to be a long-distance backpacker in 2020 - what types of trips should be off the table, what types of trips are still okay, and how to keep yourself sane if you can’t make a backpacking trip work this year.

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