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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay
by Ryan Jordan
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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...
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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...
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Croatan National Forest - Trip Report
by Bayley Lawrence
Join Bayley Lawrence on a hike of the Croatan National Forest in North Carolina. Read More...
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Denali Light: The 2007 Attempt
by Matt Hage, Agnes Stowe
Lightening up on Alaska’s classic mountaineering route. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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PHOTO ESSAY: Navajo Canyon, Arizona
by Carol Crooker
BPL Staffers enjoy a rare opportunity to explore Arizona's Navajo Canyon. Read More...
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Photo Essay: Packrafting the Madison River
by Ryan Jordan
Stretches of the Madison River can be described as a "booze cruise," where innertube flotillas of relaxing college students and drift boats of fly-fishers fill the river. The Bear Trap canyon isn't one of those stretches, especially during spring snowmelt. Read More...
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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...
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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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Reflection on the Wild Coast: A Photo Essay
by Erin Mckittrick; photos by Erin Mckittrick and Bretwood (Hig) Higman
Adventurers Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman summarize their 4000-mile trek in photos and prose. Read More...
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September Around Mount Hood
by Jerry Adams
Trip report and photo essay of a wildflower-filled circumnavigation of Oregon's famed peak. Read More...
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Members Only Shangri-Lite at 62 - Haute Route at 20 Pounds or Less
by Barry Truman
On the Haute Route, a 21-pound pack is over-inflated. At sixty-two well-used years, I submitted myself to random weight checks to remain sub-twenty pounds and passed most of them. Making the formula feasible are the huts and hotels which always appear just when you've had enough. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Members Only Tea House Trekking: Lightweight to Everest Base Camp
by Ron Rod
Join Ron Rod as he explores Nepal in July: monsoon season. Read More...
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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...
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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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Ultralight Backpacking in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca
by Rick DeLong
With dozens of peaks above 6,000 meters (nearly 20,000 feet), Peru’s Cordillera Blanca range is one of the highest, most rugged sections of the Andes, and the most heavily glaciated of any mountains in the planet’s equatorial zone. It is a well-known mountain climbing destination, and hundreds of kilometers of hikeable trails have made the range increasingly popular among trekkers. Read More...
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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...
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Wanderlust: Backcountry Meandering with My Family in the Wallowa Mountains
by Regina WB
Join Regina WB for her annual family trek to Blue Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Mountains. Read More...
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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...
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Wilderness Trekking School Summer Initiation
by Mike Clelland! with editorial assistance by Addie Bedford
The summer of 2008 got Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School off to a great start. We ran three trips in three wildly different locations: Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and Desert Southwest. Each allowed for a unique experience and permitted us to focus on the core curriculum of the Wilderness Trekking format. Read More...
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Winter in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
by Chris Townsend
The Cairngorm Plateau consists of bare, stony undulating terrain and can seem benign in clear, summer weather. However it's edged with cliffs and steep slopes, and poor visibility is common as clouds sweep across the slopes. Join Chris Townsend as he crosses the Plateau on a freezing winter day. Read More...
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Yellowstone River Packrafting
by Ryan Jordan
An Introduction to Packrafting in the Yellowstone River Corridor between its headwaters and Big Timber, MT. Read More...