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Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 14:01:10 MST Print View

I'd like people share links to their favorite backpacking blogs. Whether it's your own personal site or other. Post 'em up!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 02/23/2011 14:13:43 MST Print View - trip reports and stuff centered around Portland but including Ooregon and Washington and beyond

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 14:55:33 MST Print View

Blogs or forums? There's a difference!

Forums:, of course! It's an indispensable reference for anyone who hikes in Oregon, especial NW Oregon, or SW Washington. Retired Jerry is one of the big "guns" on this forum, having a lot to do with keeping up their excellent Field Guide. Thank you, Jerry!, The Lightweight Backpacker, my favorite gear-related forum. Yes, I like this one, too, but I've been on TLB for over 6 years, and everyone there is like an old friend! That site is responsible for my being able to cut my total pack weight by more than half, and therefore be able to resume backpacking despite advanced age and a bum knee. Since then, I've squeezed another 3 lbs. off my base weight (now 12.0 lbs. including fishing tackle, camera and a few other items that tend to get left out of most gear lists), and some of that is definitely due to this forum. I'll never be an ultralighter because I like my creature comforts too much, but it's wonderful to have my gear weight down so I can go out for a week to 10 days without staggering under the weight!


There are other blogs that I follow, but these are my favorites. Not only are they interesting, with a lot of variety and a lot of tidbits about gear and techniques, but they are updated almost daily or at least several times per week. They also regularly have a lot of interesting stuff. Now I know that most blog owners don't have that kind of time, but it's a bit discouraging to start following a blog only to find that it is updated at most every 2-3 months.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: on 02/23/2011 14:58:32 MST Print View

I read a lot - I always enjoy
My hiking blog is

Marco A. Sánchez
(marcoasn) - M

Locale: The fabulous Pyrenees
Re: What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 15:02:11 MST Print View gives you access to a very interesting set of blogs about lightweight (what else?) backpacking in Northern Europe


Edited by marcoasn on 02/23/2011 15:04:42 MST.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 15:02:16 MST Print View

Sarah's blog is one I check regularly, and she does update hers regularly, too!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Thanks Mary on 02/23/2011 15:30:32 MST Print View

I believe you turned me onto

Tony Beasley
(tbeasley) - MLife

Locale: Pigeon House Mt from the Castle
Re: What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 15:31:25 MST Print View

Some of my favourites,

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 15:32:31 MST Print View

Here are my favorite Outdoor Blogs (I left out ones particular to climbing and snowsports)

Aaron Teasdale: Aaron Teasdale:
Bedrock & Paradox: Bedrock & Paradox:
Caleb Sattgast:
Epic Riding | Bike | Ski | Blog:
Going Places Quietly:
Light Pack Backpacking:" target="_blank">:
The Classic Report:
The Confessions of Captain Swallowtail:
The Roaming Dials:
Adventures in Onionism:
Backpacking Light Magazine:
Backpacking North:
Bens Backwoods:
Boomer's Lightweight Backpacking Blog:
Brett on Stuff:
Chris Townsend Outdoors:
Dondo Outdoors:
Gear Talk with Jason Klass:
Going lighter:
Ground Truth Trekking Blog:
Hike With NITRO:
Hiking in Finland:
The Initiative:
National Geographic ADVENTURE:
Nordic Lightpacking:
North Country Trail News:
Onestep's Ultralight Backpacking & Hiking:
run. bike. hike. annoy.:
Summit and Valley:
The Journeyman Traveller:
The North Shore...There and Back:
The Ultralighter:
Thru-Hiker in the making:
Thunder In The Night:
Ultra-Lite Skunk Works:
Trailspace Blog:
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Blog:
Light As Possible:

Edited by sharalds on 02/23/2011 15:33:45 MST.

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: RE:What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 15:48:15 MST Print View

Damn Sam! Read much?!?!

Edited by socalpacker on 02/23/2011 15:49:14 MST.

The Cossack
(thecossack) - F

Locale: sedona
roman dial on 02/23/2011 17:02:15 MST Print View

Shawn Peyton
(alifeoutdoors) - F - MLife

Locale: Iron River, WI
favorite blog on 02/23/2011 17:24:03 MST Print View

Mostly because he's local. However he seems to get into my "backyard" as much as I do even though he's 5 hours south. I generally check his site before I go out on a serious trip to check the status of trails. He just gives great description and is really into the trails. I can always count on his information. About really the only "blog" I check out that wasn't on your list Sam. lol Thank you the for the Andrew Slade blog though. I didn't realize he had one.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 18:47:39 MST Print View

> Thank you the for the Andrew Slade blog though. I didn't realize he had one.

Yeah, he has some great North Shore related posts. I'm familiar with T-Man from the SHT listserv.

And yes, I follow a lot of blogs but I find my interest in them is both recreational and professional so I can get away with reading them at work from time to time ; )

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/23/2011 19:20:58 MST Print View

I have a lot of those in Sam's list too. I don't necessarily read all of them very often, but it's great to just go through the bookmarks sometimes and catch up. Lately, I'm really enjoying blogs and journals from thru-hikers.

Here's a few more:

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"What are your favorite backpacking blogs?" on 02/23/2011 23:06:25 MST Print View

Easy. not always backpacking centric, but neither are my outdoor interests. Dave Chenault often challenges my intellect in his posts as well as my vocabulary! Seriously though, he approaches his experiences in the outdoors from an angle that I think is atypical and challenging for both himself and the reader. Hendrik is obviously a favorite of mine because he produces such an excellent resource for the lightweight outdoorsman of any ilk. His blog has connected quite a few bloggers across the globe as well as serving as the hub to the European and Nordic fellow UL'er experience. If anything, check out his 'Week in Review' piece every Sunday when you get some spare time. BPL's very own Damien Tougas is easily one of the best resources for the outdoorsman who also balances a career, wife, and young children- a true family man. His depth and transparency in his blog as well as his ability to balance his recreation and his other greater priorities is an encouragement to me. * is a subsidiary website of his that focuses on minimalist running- excellent site.

theroamingdials aka Need I say more? I don't know the guy but Roman's reputation is widely well known, he appears a myth, a legend, and his experience outdoors is phenomenal. The only thing I have in common with him is that I carry a backpack full of gear, but I've panned nuggets of educational gold in his past posts. If only he contributed to BPL more often!

Simplifactico aka Ryan Jordan's personal blog, great photography, excellent words from an individual with tons of experience and a breadth of knowledge of the outdoors from a lightweight perspective. Only bummer is his posts are so few and far between... still waiting for your next installment in the "24" series, those were excellent. Dondo's blog is trip report heavy which I prefer, he focuses on what matters most.

Riding the Wind aka not a backpacking blog, but Anton's approach to trail running fits directly in the center of the lightweight philosophy- less is more. He averages 130+ miles a week of mountain running in Colorado with weekly elevation gain totals that make many of our yearly totals look like a walk in the park. He is also a reminder that you sometimes need very little to get to the top of a mountain, often just fitness, a pair of lightweight shoes, split shorts and a bottle- he's an ego crusher for sure.

The Pain Cave aka
Shameless plug. This is my personal blog that limps along like a sick dog. It receives my attention whenever I feel inclined, a place for passing thoughts and memories surrounding my love of trailrunning and occasional backpacking fits.

Edited by Eugeneius on 02/23/2011 23:32:33 MST.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Thanks.. on 02/24/2011 09:05:41 MST Print View

For nothing.
You guys may have just ruined my work productivity for the predictable future...

Jon Hancock

Locale: Northwest England
Must Be This Way on 02/24/2011 09:27:29 MST Print View

Must Be This Way, Andy Howell's excellent and varied blog, covering a lot of UL and outdoors topics. Also has some very good articles by Colin Ibbotson.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
What are your favorite backpacking blogs? on 02/24/2011 09:37:31 MST Print View

Not sure how "Must Be This Way" didn't make it onto my list above. That's one I read frequently as well.

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: Thanks on 02/24/2011 10:05:32 MST Print View

+1 on Ike's comment. Won't be getting anything done for a while...

Justin C
(paintballr4life) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
blogs on 02/24/2011 11:04:29 MST Print View

My favorites are:

Edited by paintballr4life on 02/24/2011 11:05:49 MST.