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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...
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...
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...
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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...
ARTICLES Places Expeditions
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...
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 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...
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 Photo Essays
Tall Tales from Colca Canyon, Peru: Global Test Photo Essay
by Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen
Trekking in one of the world's deepest canyons. 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 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 Photo Essays
Walking the Backbone: A Journey on the Continental Divide Trail
by Paul Magnanti
Anyone who hikes the long trails is asked “Why go?” There are many answers: the physical challenge, being immersed in the wilderness for months at a time, the joy of seeing new sights every day, the camaraderie of people we meet along the way. Ultimately, the reason I go is for the journey itself. 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
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 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
Ten Days in Torres del Paine: Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen and Danny Milks
We discovered why Torres del Paine, Chile is the poster child for Patagonia's wilderness playground. 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 Trip Reports
Members Only Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
by Pat Starich, Eric Petriz, Damien Tougas, and Douglas Ide
Our seasoned crew decided early on a mostly off-trail trip on a high route through the Teton Range. With no navigational resources but map and compass, we planned to formulate our route day by day as we progressed north to south through mountains. 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 Photo Essays
Small Wonders of Latin America - Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen with Danny Milks
In nine months backpacking around Latin America, there was much grandeur to be seen, but there were also tiny treasures that required a closer look. Examine their petite beauty. 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 Notes from the Field
Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods
by Brandon Wilson
Designed as a European cultural itinerary traversing the continent along the backbone of the Alps, you can experience jaw-dropping Alpine beauty, culture, nature, ecology, history and cuisine in whatever region you like! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Valley Hopping in the Cordillera Huayhuash - Global Test Photo Essay
by Kristin Tennessen with Danny Milks
Hopscotch over lakes, skip the main trail, and discover the jewels of Peru. Read More...
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Members Only SUL with My Kid Brother
by Luke Schmidt
Planning a 2-day, 20-mile trip with my 11-year-old brother meant going SUL, as he wasn't going to tolerate being babied with a lesser load. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
September Around Mount Hood
by Jerry Adams
Trip report and photo essay of a wildflower-filled circumnavigation of Oregon's famed peak. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Philmont Redux: A Returning Scouter’s Report
by Tom Baskin
Nearly 40 years after his first visit, Tom brought his son's Troop to experience the magic of Philmont - and the magic of lighter packs! 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 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
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 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
Rapids, Wolves, and Winter
by Forrest McCarthy, photos by Moe Witschard
With amazingly light loads that included skis, packrafts, dry suits, winter camping gear, and a week’s worth of food, we set out to visit the Frank Church Wilderness in winter to prove a point. Read More...
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Members Only Skiing the John Muir Trail
by Kevin Sawchuk
When the snow resembles cement and you're making one mile per hour or less at times, what would YOU do? Read More...
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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...
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Members Only Return to the Fight! Lightweight Rematch in the High Annapurnas
by Perrin Lindelauf
After a knee injury put me on the ropes, I got back into the ring with a long, slow hike over many miles, hoping that the Himalayan trail would not be an impossible opponent. 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 Notes from the Field
Members Only Three Sisters Backpacking
by Jerry Adams
In 2008 and 2009, I got better acquainted with the lovely ladies that make up the Three Sisters in the Cascade Range. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
by Alan Dixon and Don Wilson
The greatest rewards come when you choose to get off the beaten path and build a personalized hike that mixes challenge and fun at whatever level works for you. Read More...
ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
Members Only Seven Days on the Katy
by Lucas Boyer
I went looking for a long-distance hike in the midwest and found the 225-mile Katy Trail. No time like the present to try out my first thru-hike! 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 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 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
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
Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft
by Ryan Jordan
We entered at Benchmark (on the South Fork Sun), exited at Silvertip (on the Spotted Bear), and had the time of our lives over a few relaxing days while making long miles in a packraft on the South Fork. 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
Two in One Boat: A Photo and Video Essay from Montana's Jefferson River
by Ryan Jordan
Father and son float trip in the lowlands. Experience Ryan Jordan's wild ride through skeeters and heat exhaustion, including running low on key supplies. Or... not. Read More...

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