In 2007 Backpacking Light Magazine will be featuring an "Ask Us" column in their online and print magazines. We are aiming for 16 columns -- 4 in the quarterly print publication, and 1 each month in the online magazine.
I am currently seeking good questions about any backpacking/thru-hiking related topic. Because Backpacking Light already has knowledgeable Section Editors for most gear categories (e.g. Trekking Poles, Lighting), I would like to stay away from direct gear comparisons, e.g. "Why do you use the GoLite Ether windshirt instead of the Marmot Ion?" Instead, I would like the questions to be more general, and more applicable to long-distance backpacking. For example, take the previous question and change it to, "Why do you take a windshirt on every long-distance hike you go on? And what characteristics should I look for when buying one?"
Other questions can relate to planning ("How do you select your resupply locations?"), gear selection ("What layering system do you recommend for winter snowshoeing in Minnesota?"), technique ("How do you pitch a poncho tarp?"), food and hydration ("What do you eat?" or "What do you use for water purification?"), and any thing else you really want to know about and think other people would want to know about too.
If you have great questions, or lots of great questions, e-mail them all to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate you sending the questions you have and helping to steer the content of this column. I will let you know if I select one (or more) of your questions. And I'll probably respond to you anyway even if I don't. Thanks very much.