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Jay Ham
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Make Your Own Gear
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Ryan Jordan
by Publisher, Beartooth Mountain Press
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Rick Dreher
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Lighting and Navigation Systems
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Mike Martin
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Sleeping Systems
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Alan Dixon
by Alan Dixon
Alan Dixon, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Steve Nelson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Winter Systems
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Carol Crooker
by Backpacking Light Editor-in-Chief
Carol Crooker, Backpacking Light Editor at Large Read More...
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Doug Johnson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Trekking Systems
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Don Wilson
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Clothing Systems
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Blake Morstad
by Backpacking Light Section Editor, Navigation Systems
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Andrew Skurka
by Business Development Intern, Backpacking Light Magazine
7,800 miles of walking found Skurka in Bozeman, MT as part of the Backpacking Light team. Read More...
ARTICLES People Profiles
Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 15
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 14
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Cinnamon Monkey Bread
by Ken Larson
The winner of the BPL summer recipe contest made this tasty treat. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 13
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 12
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 11
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 10
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa
by Ryan Jordan
Taking an ultralight mindset to Africa requires an adjustment, but the lessons learned and the experiences had in Africa are rarely matched. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 9
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Pick Up Your Feet
by Ben Montgomery (with Eric Vann)
Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo-thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Her journey saved the trail and her legacy continues to shape the ultralight backpacking movement. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 8
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 7
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 5
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 6
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 3
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 2
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Members Only Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 1
by Damien and Renee Tougas
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine. Read More...
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Beyond Our Boundaries: The Story of a Family of Five Thru-Hiking the AT in 2014
by Ryan Jordan and Damien Tougas
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! Read More...
ARTICLES People Historical & Documentary
Global Test Conclusion: Honeymooning in the Backcountry
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Danny and Kristin wrap up their 2-year Honeymoon with Backcountry skiing in Europe and discover their home. Read More...
ARTICLES People Philosophy
Members Only Depression and Wilderness, Part 2: Wilderness May Not Be Enough
by Ryan Jordan
Is wilderness really a cure for depression, or just a temporary escape? Read More...
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Members Only Depression and Wilderness, Part 1: The Benefit of Wilderness as Therapy
by Cameron McNeish
"Wilderness settles peace on the soul because it needs no help. It is beyond human contrivance." -- E.O. Wilson Read More...
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Members Only Sunshine in the Deep South
by Eric Gjonnes
First update from Balls and Sunshine on their journey along the Appalachian Trail! Read More...
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Members Only Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail
by Eric Gjonnes
The Starbursts are packed. What else could they need?! Read More...
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Introducing Chris Wallace as Backpacking Light’s New Gear Editor
by Backpacking Light Magazine
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Members Only O Canada!
by Eric Gjonnes
The conclusion to Balls and Sunshine's 2011 PCT hike. Is the best yet to come? Read More...
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Sunshine in the Sierra
by Eric Gjonnes
Everything about the Sierra portion of the PCT was harder this year. Balls and Sunshine faced record-setting snow, low food, dangerous water crossings, injuries, and a markedly slower pace. Read More...
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We're Going to Disneyland!
by Eric Gjonnes
Investing in both daughters, preparing for the hike, and executing the first 700 miles has kept Eric busy. Sunshine's no slouch either! Read More...
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Interview with Mike Clelland!
by Addie Bedford
A lively chat to introduce a new feature coming up on Backpacking Light: Mike's Ultralight Tip of the Week! Read More...
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Eleven Years Old on the PCT
by Eric Gjonnes
Recently unemployed, with a daughter itching to complete a thru-hike, what's a dad to do? Get sponsors and yank her from school, of course! Read More...
ARTICLES People Historical & Documentary
Members Only Peace Pilgrim: Minimalist Trekker for World Peace
by Jeremy Pendrey
Mildred Norman Ryder intentionally transformed herself from a middle class homemaker to a virtually penniless promoter of peace. She called herself "Peace Pilgrim," and for almost thirty years she wandered North America on foot on a pilgrimage, carrying her only possessions in her pockets. Read More...
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*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND! Read More...
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Metamorphosis #4: Monocle
by Nathan Boddy
It is amazing how removing so much from one's hands puts so much at one's fingertips. Read More...
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Metamorphosis #3: Walking the Edge
by Nathan Boddy
At the onset of my affiliation with Backpacking Light, my base weight stood at a whopping sixty pounds. After several months worth of hand-wringing and basic re-education in the art of backpacking, I'd dropped my base weight to nineteen pounds. Read More...
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Metamorphosis #2: A Change in Attitude
by Nathan Boddy
Compared to the expertise written into surrounding pages, a nineteen-pound base weight must look like an embarrassingly tight pair of pants. With another ten pounds in food and water, my thirty-pound pack still needs heavy trimming. Read More...
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Metamorphosis #1: Confessions of a Heavyweight Backpacker
by Nathan Boddy
At the trailhead, I saddle up: I don't carry my pack. It rides me. My steel-toed boots thunder along the trail, resonating tremors deep into the ground of high country tundra. My shirt clings heavily with perspiration, the soles of my feet cry out for air, and my shoulders ache for reprieve. My name is Nathan Boddy, and I have a backpacking problem. Read More...
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Dana Parnello on Controlled Product Testing at REI
by Don Wilson
Dana shares his thoughts on lightweight trends, gear testing, breakthrough products and assorted other topics. Read More...

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