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ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Wilderness Cred for the Packrafting Noobs
by Addie Bedford, video by Rob Bedford
I was perfectly content to let others do all the lightweight lifting, but at the first chance of a packrafting class (learning to play without buying the gear!), I jumped... and pulled my husband, Rob, with me. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Video: Packraft Wet Reentry
by Carol Crooker
Wet reentry is one of the most common rescues you'll perform while packrafting. Be sure to work the kinks out of your technique ahead of time so this self-rescue tool will be honed when you need it. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Podcast: Packrafting Safety Tips from the Experts Part 3
by Carol Crooker
Seven packrafters with a total of over thirty-five years of experience under their bums share the safety gear they won't be without, skills that have kept them coming back for more, common - and dangerous - mistakes, and real life rescue stories. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Podcast: Packrafting Safety Tips from the Experts Part 2
by Carol Crooker
Seven packrafters with a total of over thirty-five years of experience under their bums share the safety gear they won't be without, skills that have kept them coming back for more, common - and dangerous - mistakes, and real life rescue stories. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Podcast: Packrafting Safety Tips from the Experts Part 1
by Carol Crooker
Seven packrafters with a total of over thirty-five years of experience under their bums share the safety gear they won't be without, skills that have kept them coming back for more, common - and dangerous - mistakes, and real life rescue stories. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Podcasts
Video: Have Fun and Avoid Drowning - A How-To for Packrafters
by Carol Crooker
Highlights from the April 2008 Rescue 3 International Whitewater Rescue Technician course for packrafters held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Alpacka Packraft Safety Design Features
by Carol Crooker
Designer Sheri Tingey talks about the history of safety design in Alpacka packrafts and the latest tweaks she's made to the boats to improve whitewater performance and safety. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
The Journey's End: Summarizing 4000 Miles Along the Wild Coast (Podcast)
by Carol Crooker
A few weeks after completing their 4000-mile journey by foot, ski and packraft from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Erin and Hig share a tale of a destructive bear encounter, their favorite gear, future plans, and why being good at transitions was a vital ingredient to the trip's success. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Podcasts
Podcast: Carol Crooker Puts Waterproof Footwear to the Allegheny Test
by Carol Crooker
Four footwear systems in as many days: Carol does her best to get cold feet. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Raising an Adventurer
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig's mothers weigh in with childhood anecdotes that give us a glimpse of young explorers in the making. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Maintaining Health and Preventing Injury
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig discuss their minimal first aid kit and strategies for staying alive and well throughout a year of wilderness trekking. Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
PODCAST: Journey on the Wild Coast - Vacation Spots for the Adventurous
by Carol Crooker
Got a week (or two) and a taste for adventure? Hig Higman and Erin McKittrick highlight hidden gems along the coast from Seattle to the Alaska Peninsula. Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
PODCAST: Journey on the Wild Coast - The Newlywed Game
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig take part in Backpacking Light's version of the Newlywed Game and reveal themselves to us. Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
Podcast: Roman Dial on his Book, Packrafting!
by Ron Craighead
Ron Craighead interviews Roman Dial on the release of his new book, Packrafting! Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
Podcast: Light in the Wild with Monte Dolack
by Ron Craighead
Ron Craighead interviews Montana artist Monte Dolack on growing up in the Big Sky State and on the Backpacking Light-commissioned fine art print, "Light in the Wild." Read More...
ARTICLES Places Podcasts
Packraft Trekking in Montana's Bear Trap Canyon (Videocast)
by Ryan Jordan and Bill Stadwiser
Ryan Jordan and Bill Stadwiser explore the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness (the nation's first BLM-managed Wilderness Area) by foot and packraft. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
by Ron Craighead and Nicole Chilton
NOLS Rocky Mountain discusses the process and progress of the 40-Pound Initiative, a branch effort to reduce student pack weights to 40 pounds or less for all Wind River courses. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Podcasts
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - When the Weather Outside is Frightful and There is No Inside, What Gear Works?
by Carol Crooker
Carol Crooker exposes the insanity of Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick. Three pounds of shared sleeping quilt for minus 30 degree weather?! Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
Podcast: Making Unconventional Choices for a Better Life
by Carol Crooker
John Coffer is out of step with modern life - and that is just the way he likes it. Carol Crooker talks with John about his journey to contentment. Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
Podcast: The Fight to Permit Packrafting in the Grand Canyon
by Roman Dial and Carol Crooker
Carol Crooker interviews Roman Dial about his experience with the NPS for securing a permit to packraft the Grand Canyon. Read More...
ARTICLES People Podcasts
Podcast: Cameron McNeish and the Emotional Value of Wilderness Hiking
by Ron Craighead
Ron Craighead explores the emotional value of wilderness with author, adventurer, and magazine editor Cameron McNeish of Scotland. Read More...