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Backpacking is Pointless, and That’s the Point

Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.

Waymark Gear Lite 50L Backpack Review

The Waymark Gear Lite 50L backpack features a unique shoulder-strap attachment system and several fit-related features that might appeal to larger users.

Episode 59 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “Good Gear Lets You Be Present”

Ben Kilbourne reads his essay on the balance between caring about gear and being present on adventures.

The Blue Lights of the San Rafael Swell

Sometimes we backpack to get a taste of the unknowable: blue lights and pictographs in the San Rafael Swell.

YAR.gear Mountain Drifter 38L Review

The YAR.gear Mountain Drifter 38L (~18 oz / 510 g, MSRP $200) is a light and modular fastpacking pack that can accommodate heavier loads for short distances if need be.

The Overlook: Observing Transition Season

Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.

Springtime Solitude in Southern Utah

BPL author Mark Wetherington rambles through Capitol Reef National Park.

The Overlook: Good Gear Lets You Be Present

What's the perfect pack? One that stays off your mind.

Episode 40 | Ben Kilbourne Reads “The Anthropology of a Trail”

Who or what makes a trail? This is the question Backpacking Light author Ben Kilbourne asks himself (and us) as he reads his essay The Anthropology of a Trail.

Take This Poem on Your Next Trip

The words you carry with you are just as important as your gear.

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