While Joe Geib & I were getting to know each other during our first regional BPL hike, the topic came up about how we first learned about BPL. We were both a bit fuzzy about it when and how. It got me curious how this eclectic group here at BPL came together.
When I first learned about Google in 2000(?), I was amazed that I could just type in a few keywords and get links to all sorts of helpful webpages. I must have typed in backpacking, hiking, etc. I quickly found a group of personal webpages by people that were really passionate about backpacking and willing to share their knowledge...and more importantly, their mistakes.
The first one led me to the next, and I came to realize that there was this subculture out there that had evolved away from the traditional backpacking mode. The best pages I came across were Adventure Alan's (a.k.a. Alan Dixon), John O's (the late John O'Mahoney), Michael's, Onestep's, and Joe's Ultralight pages. Sadly, many of those don't seem to have been updated in recent years. However, they turned me onto Jardine and his UL philosophy. Eventually, I started hearing about ultralight cottage equipment companies like GVP, Six Moons, Wanderlust, this place called Bozeman Mountain Works. I'm not sure when exactly I started participating on the forums (BPL stated in 2001, so I'm guessing 2002), but I quickly realized it was a great place to learn more.
So how did you folks arrive at this forum?