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The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia

By Michael Martin on April 30, 2014 in Places » Featured Routes
Just a stones throw form the DC metropolitan area, the Massanutten Trail offers outstanding views and challenges for new and experienced backpackers alike.

An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing

By Yvon Chouinard on April 22, 2014 in Trends » Trend Reports
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard

Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo

By Sean McDevitt on April 15, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

By Ryan Jordan on March 11, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments!

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

By Georgieann Lilgreen on February 12, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home.

Thru Running New York’s Long Path

By Kenneth Posner on February 05, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
New York's long path is a gem - nestled in the middle of a sprawling metropolis, this path cuts through the city taking you northward to the peaceful woods.

Wilderness Trekking School - Ultralight Boot Camp Photo Essay

By Ryan Connelly (Photos by Emily Beers) on January 28, 2014 in Techniques » Techniques
The ultralight boot camp is exactly like it sounds; it prepares you to meet unexpected challenges in the wilderness. Plus it's a lot of fun and the scenery is stunning.

Beyond Our Boundaries: The Story of a Family of Five Thru-Hiking the AT in 2014

By Ryan Jordan and Damien Tougas on January 08, 2014 in People » Interviews
Thru-hiking with your family is a logistical and financial challenge, but if you are looking to become closer or want to have an adventure, look no further!

2013 Staff Picks

By Staff on December 27, 2013 in Gear » Staff Picks
As we close out the year, take a minute and see which gear our staff uses often.

2013 Photo Contest Winners!

By BPL Staff on December 10, 2013 in Places » Photo Essays
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience.

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