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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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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...
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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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Members Only Cajon Pass
by Tom Moose
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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Members Only Track Notes Part 2: GR5 in France
by Roger Caffin
Part two of Roger Caffin's GR5 trek in France. Read More...
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Track Notes Part 1: GR5 in France
by Roger Caffin
Roger Caffin shares his notes on trekking the GR5 in France. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Wise Women Go Light, Conclusion
by Jean Rogers and Sue Wright with Ben Smith
Wise Women Jean (from 20 to 13 pound base weight) and Sue (14 to 9 pound base weight) put their new lightweight gear to the test in the field. Read More...
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Wise Women Go Light, Part 2
by Jean Rogers and Sue Wright with Cat Jasins
Jean and Sue select and test lighter gear from a dizzying array of choices while receiving an avalanche of expert advice - which they accept with trepidation, reject, or take on wholeheartedly - all the while listening to their own self-wisdom gained in their six (or near six) decades of life experience. Read More...
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Results: John Muir Trail (JMT) Record Attempt - Unsupported, Without Resupply
by Al Shaver
BPL subscriber, Al Shaver, didn’t break the JMT speed record for an unsupported hike without resupply, but his account may inspire you to try. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Wise Women Go Light, Part 1
by Jean Rogers and Sue Wright
The first in a series of three articles chronicling the experiences of hiking buddies Jean and Sue as they begin on the journey to lightweight backpacking. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...