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Thru Running New York’s Long Path
by Kenneth Posner
New York's long path is a gem - nestled in the middle of a sprawling metropolis, this path cuts through the city taking you northward to the peaceful woods. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Members Only Traversing the Adirondacks by Foot and Packraft
by Ari “Ike” Jutkowitz
Quiet streams and raging waters make for an incredible experience in the backcountry. The ADKs are home to a diverse array of animals and have a very appealing lure. Read More...
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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...
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Members Only Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
by Kristin Gates
Located above the Arctic Circle, the Brooks Range is one of the last true wildernesses. Here the grizzly bears, wolves, moose, and caribou roam free and the hiker is enveloped in nature. Read More...
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Members Only The Wonderland Trail
by Ethan Kanning
Mt. Rainer is dominating and impressive. The Wonderland Trail circumvents this majestic peak offering stunning views and unprecedented access to this gem of the Pacific Northwest. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Members Only Ropers Sierra High Route
by Andrew Wolff
Solo-Backpacking the Sierra High Route - a remote expedition. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 5
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 4
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 3
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only A Philmont Journal - Part 2
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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A Philmont Journal - Part 1
by Tom Baskin
Relive the exciting experience that is Philmont. Read More...
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Members Only The Bio-Bio Trek, Chile
by Chris Jones
Volcanoes, hot springs, and breathtaking vistas in the Chilean Andes. Read More...
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Members Only Gilham Butte: Behind the Redwood Curtain
by Emmett Cartier
The Pilgrimage via Grasshopper Ridge Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Members Only Success and Failure on the Colorado Trail
by Luke Schmidt
Planning like crazy to do a thru-hike doesn't quiet the fears: "Can I do this? Will my gear work? Will I stay motivated? Do I have the right food?" Only time on the trail would answer. Read More...
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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...
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Winter's Tone
by Lucas Boyer
The sights, sounds, and moods of the Ozark Trail. Read More...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Track Notes for the GR52 in France
by Roger Caffin
Roger Caffin leaves the GR5 behind and takes the GR52 to the Mediterranean Sea. Read More...
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Members Only Yellowstone in Winter: An Igloo Traverse in America's Oldest National Park
by Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend explores Yellowstone during the winter in a group igloo expedition with skis, snowshoes, and pulks. Read More...
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Members Only Packrafting the Grand Canyon
by Roman Dial
Roman Dial leads first legal (permitted) packrafting trek in the Grand Canyon. Read More...
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Members Only Ultralight Packrafting in Cataract Canyon
by Forrest McCarthy
A river explorer takes on the Colorado River in a packraft. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Several Thousand Steps on the PCT
by Ken Maddox
Lightweight gear and food, and lessons learned along two hundred miles of the PCT from B to C (Bend, Oregon to the Columbia River). Read More...
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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...
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Hot Weather Hiking – A Family Hike in the Grand Canyon
by Don Wilson
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Summer Alpine Ice Climbing in Montana's Beartooth Mountains
by Ryan Jordan and Alan Dixon
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