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ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking The Diablo Trail: A Conservation Success Story
by Jeremy Pendrey
In 1993, Save Mount Diablo, a charity that works to acquire and preserve land on and around the San Francisco Bay Area’s Mount Diablo, proposed a multi-use recreation trail to showcase the region’s cooperation efforts to preserve area land. In 2007, they produced the first map highlighting the thirty-mile trail. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Hiking the Santa Cruz Loop in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca: Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen and Danny Milks
Escaping the "boxes" of modern society in the heart of the breathtaking Peruvian Andes. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole: A Walk in the Clouds
by Ryan Linn
With nearly constant cloud cover and a few mornings waking up to a thick layer of snow on the ground, the focus of the last days on the trail went from staying dry to just staying warm. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole: Blisters and Fire
by Ryan Linn
Blisters, hiking solo, and lightning-started fires marked the stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail from northern California through Oregon. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole Part 2: The Snowy Sierra
by Ryan Linn
The desert portion done, fear (and trail gossip) centered on snow in the Sierra, with six major passes above 11,000 feet. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Hiking Through Hyperbole: The Vortex of Fear
by Ryan Linn
Tackling the Pacific Crest Trail is a big job, made harder by a stream of scary stories filtering down from other hikers. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Home Away From Home In Argentina’s Lake District: Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen and Danny Milks
Months of travel can wear on people, even as they enjoy the "other" of another country. We found the perfect combination of comforts from home and the diversity of a foreign culture in Bariloche, Argentina. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Hot Weather Hiking – A Family Hike in the Grand Canyon
by Don Wilson
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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 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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
John Muir's Birthplace - a Photo Essay
by Chris Townsend
John Muir will be forever linked with the High Sierra and California, but it was far from there that his life began, in the little coastal town of Dunbar on the southeast coast of Scotland. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
John Muir Trail (JMT) Record Attempt - Unsupported, Without Resupply
by Al Shaver
BPL subscriber, Al Shaver, will attempt to break the JMT speed record for an unsupported hike without resupply. He starts on the full moon, September 7th. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Journey on the Wild Coast, Part 1
by Erin Mckittrick
4000 miles. 9 months. Seattle to the Aleutian Islands. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Featured Routes
Journey on the Wild Coast, Part 2 - the Gear
by Erin McKittrick
Erin describes the gear needed to complete a 4000 mile trek encompassing multiple climate zones, every season, and mixed modes of travel. 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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Ken and Marcia Powers First to Through-hike the American Discovery Trail
by Carol Crooker
The 4900 mile ADT bisects the continental US from east to west. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure
by Leanne Hennessy
The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased. 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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Lightly Burdened Pilgrims: Trip Report and Photo Essay
by Andrew Wilson
My wife and I retraced the steps of Martin Luther on the 500th anniversary of his famous pilgrimage to Rome... it wasn't quite the thru-hike I had anticipated, but it had a satisfaction all its own. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Mountain Magic on the Pyrenean High Route
by David McClure
Backpacking Light member David McClure's forty-two-day traverse of the French/Spanish border mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
MYOG Goes to the Mountains
by Jamie Shortt
To test his latest creation, a sub-5-ounce pack, Jamie filled it with the rest of his MYOG kit and took to the Great Smoky Mountains. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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 Notes from the Field
New Wilderness! Dolly Sods North & Roaring Plains West
by Devin Montgomery
There were 37,000 new wilderness acres in my home state... how could I not go walking? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
Nine Days in Parque National Los Glaciares, Argentina: Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen with Danny Milks
In this Global Test Photo Essay, we arrived ill-equipped for a trek over an ice field. Setting up a base camp and sticking with day trips ensured that we didn't miss out on one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field: Arizona Canyoneering, SuperUltraLight Style
by Carol Crooker
Field notes on perspectives from the field, with commentary on gear and technique in the canyons of the desert southwest. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: High, Dry, and SuperUltraLight in Arizona
by Carol Crooker
Perspectives from the field, with commentary on gear and technique from a 10k high camp near Mount Humphries with less than five pounds of gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field: Summer on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Don Wilson
Long distance hikes have a unique character. BPL editor, Don Wilson, shares his perspectives on gear, technique, clothing and philosophy following a lightweight, 6-week section hike of the PCT. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Bushwhacking in the Canyons of Grand Gulch, Utah
by Carol Crooker
Can a SUL pack survive intense bushwhacking? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes From the Field: SuperUltraLight Hammock Camping
by Carol Crooker
Perspectives from the field, with commentary on gear and technique for hammock camping with less than five pounds of gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Hammocking on the Black Forest Trail in Pennsylvania
by Carol Crooker
Perspectives from the Black Forest Trail in Pennsylvania, with commentary on gear and techniques to stay warm in a hammock with less than five pounds of gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field - SuperUltraLight in November on the Flagstaff Peaks, Arizona
by Carol Crooker
Was just 5 pounds of gear enough to keep our warm-weather-acclimatized Arizonian cozy into the 20s? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight in the Cascades with a Sub-4-pound Pack
by Doug Johnson
Perspectives from the field, with commentary on gear and technique for high mileage backpacking with a sub-4-pound base weight pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Notes from the Field: SuperUltraLight Tarp vs. Hammock in the High Uintas
by Carol Crooker
Perspectives from the field, with commentary and comparison of gear and technique for tarp and hammock camping at 40 °F. 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
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 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 Trip Reports
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 Expeditions
Out of Your Comfort Zone: Through the Beartooth Mountains with Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Trekking III Program
by Don Wilson
BPL members and staff trek - off trails and off maps - through the snowy Beartooth Mountains Read More...
ARTICLES Places Notes from the Field
Members Only Packrafting the Bear Trap Canyon
by Bill Stadwiser
Bill Stadwiser shares his notes on packrafting Bear Trap Canyon with Ryan Jordan. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Packrafting the Grand Canyon
by Roman Dial
Roman Dial leads first legal (permitted) packrafting trek in the Grand Canyon. 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 Photo Essays
Packrafting Utah's Escalante River in Late March
by Bill Stadwiser; photos by Bill Stadwiser and Andy Heath
At 1.6 cfs in the Escalante, would there be more packrafting or raft-packing for our intrepid explorers? Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
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 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 Places Trip Reports
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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