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Thru Running New York’s Long Path
by Kenneth Posner
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. Read More...
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Members Only Into the Gray
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
The story of one man’s obsession with the Lake Superior Shoreline in winter. Read More...
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Members Only New England Traverse: Discovering a Wilderness Route
by John Fox
It's rare to find a remote route when trying to traverse New England. Worse yet, at the current rate this will only get worse. This could be remedied with greater conservation efforts in the region in an effort to preserve this beautiful land. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
2013 Photo Contest Winners!
by BPL Staff
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience. Read More...
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Backpacking Light 2013 Photo Contest - Part 1, Information for Entrants
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Submit your best shots from 2013! Read More...
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Members Only Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
Quiet streams and raging waters make for an incredible experience in the backcountry. The ADKs are home to a diverse array of animals and have a very appealing lure. Read More...
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Members Only From Bushwick to Bushwhack: UL Compromises deep in the ADK wilderness
by Adam Klagsbrun
A beautiful area filled with stunning views and MUD. If you are looking for a good challenge east of the Mississippi this is for you. Read More...
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Members Only Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
by Kristin Gates
Located above the Arctic Circle, the Brooks Range is one of the last true wildernesses. Here the grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and caribou roam free and the hiker is enveloped in nature. Read More...
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Members Only The Wonderland Trail
by Ethan Kanning
Mt. Rainer is dominating and impressive. The Wonderland Trail circumvents this majestic peak offering stunning views and unprecedented access to this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Read More...
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Members Only In 10 Days across Switzerland
by Tom Pfiffner
Absolutely Stunning! This photo essay will take you over 14 mountain passes through one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Read More...
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Members Only Finnish Thousand Meters Round
by Harri Saarnisaari
An in depth look at an exploration above the Arctic Circle. Journey to where Finland and Norway collide. Read More...
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Members Only Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail
by Scott Morris
280 miles in 10 days? You Betcha. The Long Trail has become a "right of passage" of sorts for unsupported thru hikers. Read More...
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Members Only Columbia and Western: Castlegar to Christina Lake
by Forest Walker (Photos: Clive Webber)
The Columbia and Western is a section of the Trans-Canada Trail, a haven for thru Hikers. It caters to all skill sets and is a wilderness of pristine beauty. Read More...
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Paddle Scouts: BSA Packrafting the Sun River Drainage, Montana
by Eric Vann (Photos and Video: Ryan Jordan)
The lightweight philosophy coupled with high adventure creates a schoolroom for incredible growth. Witness it here. Read More...
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Members Only A Guide to the Grayson Highlands
by Luke Schmidt
A unique and diverse area, the Grayson Highlands are an excellent hiking location in the Mid-Atlantic. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Off-trail in the Teton Wilderness - Take 2
by Luke Schmidt
Grizzly Bears! Mountain Goats! Elk! With a clear conscience the author returns to conquer this vast wilderness. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Photo Essay
by Jeremy McAllister
Buckskin Gulch is one of the top 10 most dangerous hikes in America as sudden rain fall can lead to flash floods. Paria Canyon is stunning. Grab a seat and relive the journey. Read More...
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Members Only Off-trail in the Teton Wilderness
by Luke Schmidt
The Teton Wilderness is vast and beautiful. Take a journey through this landscape and enjoy the scenery. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 5
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only Ropers Sierra High Route
by Andrew Wolff
Solo-Backpacking the Sierra High Route - a remote expedition. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 4
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 3
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 2
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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A Philmont Journal - Part 1
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: The Wintry Fringe Season in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness
by Ryan Jordan
Gear notes and more from a trek in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness in late October and early November, 2012. Read More...
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Yellowstone River Packrafting
by Ryan Jordan
An Introduction to Packrafting in the Yellowstone River Corridor between its headwaters and Big Timber, MT. Read More...
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Members Only Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
by Ryan Jordan
Photos from a Scout trek across the Spanish Peaks in Southwest Montana, with some insight into how we incorporate an ultralight ethic into groups. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Salvation in Skykomish
by Lawton Grinter
Trail Angels to the rescue on the PCT and AT. Chapter 11 from Lawton Grinter's new book I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking . Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Close Encounters with Hypothermia
by Lawton Grinter
An unexpected rainstorm and inadequate gear threaten to end one hiker's PCT dreams, and potentially his life. Chapter 3 from Lawton Grinter's new book I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking . Read More...
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Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp. Read More...
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Members Only The Bio-Bio Trek, Chile
by Chris Jones
Volcanoes, hot springs, and breathtaking vistas in the Chilean Andes. Read More...
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Members Only Gilham Butte: Behind the Redwood Curtain
by Emmett Cartier
The Pilgrimage via Grasshopper Ridge Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
Members Only The 2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic
by David Chenault
Is this the longest, toughest, roughest or hardest? The beauty of it is that at the finish no one knew or cared. Every competitor was left with indelible experiences, challenges accepted and honestly won or lost. Each had started with a clean slate and had accomplished every step in the wilderness through their own efforts. -Adrian Crane, writing about the Classic in Ultrarunning (1986) Read More...
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Members Only Lamar
by Ryan Jordan
Ryan and a group of Scouts search for solitude in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar River Valley Read More...
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Members Only A Lightweight Guide to the Crown of the Continent
by David Chenault
Backpacking and Packrafting Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Cajon Pass
by Tom Moose
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Members Only Backpacking on the Moon: A Trip Guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument
by David Chenault
A look at one of Idaho's little known backpacking jems. Read More...
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Members Only Honeymoon at Isle Royale (Trip Report)
by Travis Leanna
Newlyweds Travis and Gretchen Leanna walk and packraft through Isle Royale National Park Read More...
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Members Only Success and Failure on the Colorado Trail
by Luke Schmidt
Planning like crazy to do a thru-hike doesn't quiet the fears: "Can I do this? Will my gear work? Will I stay motivated? Do I have the right food?" Only time on the trail would answer. Read More...
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Indoor Girl Takes on a Yurt
by Margie Broschinsky
Baby steps: out of love for her outdoorsy husband, Margie looks before she leaps and books a weekend in a Utah yurt, THEN learns the definition of "yurt." Read More...
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Winter's Tone
by Lucas Boyer
The sights, sounds, and moods of the Ozark Trail. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
2012 Photo Contest Winners!
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The votes are counted, photos drooled over, and the top ten are in. Congrats to all who entered - the eye candy was gorgeous! Read More...
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Members Only Hiking Hells Canyon Rim to Rim
by David Drake, with Nathan Orosco
Crossing the deepest river gorge in North America with unmaintained trails, poor communication, and a little conflict: will frustration be followed by triumph or a turn-around? Read More...
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Continental Divide Trail Project Report: Hopewell Lake, NM, August 2011
by Bruce Carr
An open letter from a grandfather to his two grandsons, about his CDTA volunteer time. Read More...
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Members Only Mistaken for Strangers
by Eugene Smith
Trip report from the New Mexican high desert: three fellow BPLers (strangers but for the forums) and a father-in-law unite to experience the thoughtful introspection and cheerful relationship inherent in a group backcountry trek. Read More...
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With a Capital C: My 2011 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic
by David Chenault
Race report, gear and food, and, for the really ambitious, pointers for entering a wilderness race. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
A Marriage Proposal on Walden Pond
by Ron Strickland
Can a backpacker more comfy on the trail find love with a lady for whom three stars is roughing it? An excerpt from Ron's recently published memoir, Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America . Read More...
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Members Only Across Iceland by Packraft
by Alastair Humphreys
Encountering waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, rivers, volcanoes, and boiling hot springs during a difficult but delightful Icelandic summer. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Global Test Main Page
by BackpackingLight Magazine
Danny Milks and Kristin Tennessen left California in September 2009 to embark upon a two-year international backpacking adventure. Follow their travels, break down their gear lists, and step into their photos for a global adventure like nothing you've ever seen! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Keeping it Real in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real: Global Test Photo Essay
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Lightweight backpacking in Bolivia's northern Andes. Read More...

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