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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 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...
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...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail
by Francis Tapon
At first glance, doing a round-trip (a yo-yo) on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) seems like a waste. Why not hike a different trail instead of hiking the same one two times? However, unlike the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the CDT is never the same trail twice. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Aconcagua Photo Essay and Gear List
by Matt and Agnes Hage
Tackling big mountains with lightweight gear is becoming our trademark, and it never gets dull! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
by David Chenault
The westernmost place in the continental United States is no longer the furthest west, geographically. It is rather that most rugged landscape generally arrayed across the Continental Divide as it marches from Canada to Mexico. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
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 Trip Reports
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 Trip Reports
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 Trip Reports
Almost to Katahdin: Appalachian Trail Section Hike to the Kennebec River
by Don Johnston and Dave Johnston
Section hiking progress towards the 2000 mile patch by Don "Photon" and Dave Johnston. 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...
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 Photo Essays
Aniakchak Adventure
by Matt Hage
Packrafts open up the lunatic fringe of National Parks. We hiked into the Aniakchak Caldera and Surprise Lake to packraft down the Aniakchak to the Pacific Ocean. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
A Philmont Journal - Part 1
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 2
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 3
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 4
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. 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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Autumn in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
by Chris Townsend
Reminisce about the warm colors of the fall with Chris Townsend's evocative photography. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
A Westerner's Weekend on the Appalachian Trail
by Ryan Jordan
A Westerner's Weekend on the Appalachian Trail Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Backpacking in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Photo Essay
by Chris Townsend
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, situated in the southwestern Highlands, is Scotland's first national park, encompassing a beautiful area of mountains, forests, rivers, and lochs surrounding Loch Lomond itself, the largest lake in Britain. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Backpacking Light 2009 Reader Photo Contest Results
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Reader Photo Contest! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Backpacking Light 2013 Photo Contest - Part 1, Information for Entrants
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Submit your best shots from 2013! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Backpacking Light Editor, Don Wilson, on the PCT this Summer
by Carol Crooker
Mojave, CA (June 12) to Ashland, OR (August ?) - say Hello! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)
by Chris Townsend
What kinds of gear and clothing are optimal for wet, windy, and cold Scottish weather? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Backyard Wilderness: The New England Trail
by Ryan Linn
600 miles of trail and it's not the Long Trail or the AT! Sure, it's got some rough spots, but it's a nice taste of something different when you want to cover some mileage in the northeastern U.S. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Bringing up the Rear: An Ultralighter Hikes across the Weminuche with a "Mixed" Group
by Ben Smith
Ultralighters love replacing old gear with new. But what gets lost when you get new hiking buddies to go with your new kit? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Brutality, Beauty, and the Day I Could Have Died on the Continental Divide Trail
by Chris “Freefall” Sanderson
The CDT is off-the-charts gorgeous, a great challenge, and it is my favorite of the big three long-distance trails. However, as with the Pacific Crest and Appalachian Trails, the CDT is not without its tricky areas. 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 Notes from the Field
Members Only Cajon Pass
by Tom Moose
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ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Classic Denali: Climbing America's Highest Peak (Part 1, Summit Day Narrative)
by Richard McDrew & Dennis Swanson
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ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Members Only Classic Denali: Climbing America's Highest Peak (Part 2, Gear Notes)
by Richard McDrew & Dennis Swanson
Backpacking Light Magazine grant winners balance safety and gear weight on America's highest peak. 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 Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Crater Lake Snowshoe Video Essay
by Darin Banner
Join some of the Backpacking Light crew for their three-day circumnavigation of Crater Lake. In January. On snowshoes! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Croatan National Forest - Trip Report
by Bayley Lawrence
Join Bayley Lawrence on a hike of the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Denali Light: The 2007 Attempt
by Matt Hage, Agnes Stowe
Lightening up on Alaska’s classic mountaineering route. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Members Only Denali Light: The 2009 Attempt
by Matt Hage, Agnes Stowe
A light and kind-of fast expedition on one of the world’s great mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist
by Agnes Stowe with Matt Hage
It IS possible to climb Denali using lightweight techniques! Agnes and Matt discuss their gear and provide detailed gearlists. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Experiential Learning in the Heart of Utah
by Nathan Auck
A high school class laughs their way through five days in the Escalante National Recreation Area. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Fear and Loneliness on the Ozark Highlands Trail
by Lucas Boyer
The Ozark Highlands Trail winds through the Boston Mountains of northern Arkansas for approximately 165 continuous miles. Planning to yo-yo it for my first thru-hike, I had to come to terms with adjusted expectations. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Fire and Ultralight, a US Forest Service Recon
by Jhaura Wachsman, Photos: Paul Cronshaw
Ultralight Backpackers Scouting Post-Disaster Trail Conditions for the US Forest Service. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Gilham Butte: Behind the Redwood Curtain
by Emmett Cartier
The Pilgrimage via Grasshopper Ridge 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 Trip Reports
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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