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The Overlook: Giving Back to Bear’s Ears

Ben Kilbourne reflects on his first journey in the Bear's Ears National Monument, and wonders how to give back to such special places.

The Anthropology of a Trail

When we trek, we are taking the paintbrush or pencil that is the foot to the page that is the earth.

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.

Can Wilderness Include Humans?

Am I willing to temper my desire for the pristine with an awareness that the pristine is a cultural construct?

Backpackers Should be Amateur Naturalists

Ben Kilbourne explores the need for backpackers to be amateur naturalists in our effort to steward our natural environment.

Lightweight Backpacking for Couples
Introduction Most of us do not venture into the backcountry alone. Sharing the outdoors with another person heightens our outdoor experience. That person can be a good friend, parent, brother,...

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