Ben Kilbourne explores the experience of moving fast through a vast mountain landscape and what you can learn from the experience.
Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.
The Waymark Gear Lite 50L backpack features a unique shoulder-strap attachment system and several fit-related features that might appeal to larger users.
Ben Kilbourne reads his essay on the balance between caring about gear and being present on adventures.
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.
Am I willing to temper my desire for the pristine with an awareness that the pristine is a cultural construct?
Ben Kilbourne explores the need for backpackers to be amateur naturalists in our effort to steward our natural environment.