Sometimes we backpack to get a taste of the unknowable: blue lights and pictographs in the San Rafael Swell.
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.
Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his interaction with nature.
BPL author Mark Wetherington rambles through Capitol Reef National Park.
What's the perfect pack? One that stays off your mind.
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.
The words you carry with you are just as important as your gear.
Ben Kilbourne reflects on his first journey in the Bear's Ears National Monument, and wonders how to give back to such special places.
When we trek, we are taking the paintbrush or pencil that is the foot to the page that is the earth.
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.