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Members Only The Range of Light: Fastpacking the John Muir Trail in Under a Week
by Josh Mathe
Fastpacking the John Muir trail is a grueling yet rewarding challenge. Nevertheless, the main benefits are the lessons learned throughout the process that can be applied to your life. Read More...
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Members Only Father & Son Re-unite in the Wind Rivers, WY
by Michael Boisvert
A journey defined by reunion, challenges, and a love of the outdoors, Michael and his son, Matt, share fellowship in the rugged Wind Rivers. Read More...
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Members Only Packrafting without a Good Map
by Luke Schmidt
Despite losing their map during a stream crossing early in the trip, the adventurers trek on determined to hit the big water. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Packrafting the Smith River Canyon
by Ryan Jordan
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
by Ryan Jordan
Featuring the author's live journals as well as a detailed assessment of trekking gear used on the trip. Read More...
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The Greatest Trip That Never Happened
by Scott Morris
Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Trekking the Olympic Range (Photo Essay)
by Ryan Jordan
Boy Scouts tackle the Olympic range - from rainforest to snowy divide - in lightweight style. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel
by Brock Delinski
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only The Timberline Trail
by David Pex
Similar to its cousin, the Wonderland Trail which circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, the Timberline Trail traces the shadow of Mt. Hood and makes for a spectacular journey. Read More...
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Members Only Wonderland Trail
by David Pex
As it circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, the Wonderland Trail offers some stunning views and excellent camping spots. Read More...
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Yosemite Adventures
by Matt Johanson
Yosemite is a wild place and has incredible wilderness opportunities for hikers, climbers, and skiers. Read More...
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Members Only Onto The Shelf
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
Extremely rare conditions led to a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the stunning ice shelf on Lake Superior. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Rambling the High Sierra
by Ryan Jordan
There are so many ways to navigate through the Sierras - why not try them all? Read More...
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100 Mile Wilderness
by Matt Heid
The 100 mile wilderness is vast - and challenging. Thru-hikers often complete the whole traverse in a few days, but slowing down will offer spectacular views and an even more memorable experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
by Michael Martin
Just a stones throw form the DC metropolitan area, the Massanutten Trail offers outstanding views and challenges for new and experienced backpackers alike. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Yellowstone River Packrafting
by Ryan Jordan
An Introduction to Packrafting in the Yellowstone River Corridor between its headwaters and Big Timber, MT. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...

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