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It's our 50th episode! To celebrate, we reached out to listeners and asked them to submit their big backpacking questions. We received fantastic questions about gear, philosophy, and skills and enjoyed chatting about the answers. Also in this episode, an interview with Backpacking Light grant recipient Narinda Heng and some upcoming educational opp…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Andrew chat with Backpacking Light author and materials tester Stephen Seeber about layering, waterproof-breathable fabrics, and new GORE-TEX technology. Also in this episode, we discuss a new pack from Arc'teryx, updates to the popular NEMO Tensor line of sleeping pads, and a follow-up con…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, longtime Backpacking Light contributor Mark Wetherington reads his essay The Backpacking Tithe Project. In it, he considers the implications of intentionally focusing on frequent, short trips over long thru-hikes. Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/episode-47-mark-wetherington-r…
 
In today's podcast, Andrew chats with some of the folks from IDFL Laboratory and Institute (originally known as the International Down and Feather Testing Laboratory) about water-resistant down. Also in this episode, Andrew shares some of the creative things listeners are doing in the backcountry and gives his final thoughts on the Nunatak Gear Bea…
 
In this episode, Andrew chats with Jadon Bales (Communications Director, Wyoming Wildlife Federation) about the new reality of wildfire behavior in the west. Ryan gives some actionable advice on planning for worst-case wildfire scenarios and highlights some new discussions going on at Backpacking Light. Also in this episode - Platypus' new water fi…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, author Ben Kilbourne uses the writing of Aldo Leopold to examine his motivations when exploring the backcountry. It's a thought-provoking essay that may just have you reconsidering why you are out there. Would you like to read the written version of this podcast? Check it out here. Click here for sh…
 
In today’s podcast, we are joined once again by Matt Mason for part two of our ongoing bikepacking conversation. This conversation digs a little more deeply into the nuances and logistical questions of bikepacking. Also in this episode: an app that helps you determine how much fuel is left in fuel canisters, a windscreen to improve the efficiency o…
 
In today’s podcast, we are joined by Matt Mason. Matt is a multi-hyphenate adventurer and backpacker turned bikepacker. Our chat functions as kind of a Bikepacking 101 class, so if you've been thinking of taking up the sport but don't know where to start, this is a great entry point. We also talk about Matt's efforts at public land advocacy in the …
 
In this episode, Ryan chats with Dirk Friel, co-founder of TrainingPeaks, about endurance training for backpackers and how to get the most out of limited training time. Also in this episode: hiking in a post-covid world, wilderness permits, bear-canister compatible packs, synthetic insulation, and more. Click here for show notes: https//backpacking…
 
In this episode, Backpacking Light Managing Editor Andrew Marshall reads his essay Salamander Song - a love letter to the soggy, squelchy, perpetually socked-in Great Smoky Mountains. If you enjoyed this podcast and would and would like to see some of Andrew's accompanying photography and paintings, make sure and check out the written version of Sa…
 
In this episode, Ryan and Andrew chat with Survivorman Les Stroud about his new book "Wild Outside." Also in this episode: training and recovery tools, a new stove from Jetboil, and a book that digs deep into the housing crisis in towns that function as outdoor portals. Click here for shownotes: https//backpackinglight.com/podcast-035-les-stroud…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan talk about mental health. This is something they both struggle with, and they’ve got a lot of thoughts on how to manage it both in and out of the backcountry. As their jumping-off point, they use a recent paper called Levels of Nature and Stress Response. Also in this episode: new fa…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan talk about digital route planning. There are a huge variety of digital tools out there, and all of them have different strengths and weaknesses, so the guys spend a lot of time breaking things down by software type, best uses, and pros and cons. After that, Andrew interviews Misha Go…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew and Ryan interview some of the folks who came together to make friend’o-the-podcast Jeff Garmire’s recent FKT of the Colorado Trail a success: Maggie Slepian, Dylan Harris, Nik Tizekker, and, of course, the Fastest Known Tiger himself. Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/p…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast: National Public Lands Day, transitioning from summer to fall gear, UV light as a water treatment technology, an interview with adventurer Tully Henke about his epic trek through the wilderness of eastern Russia, and attempting to answer the question: "why do I walk?" Click here for show notes…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew follows up with Type Investigations journalist Adam Federman to find out what’s new with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Then, Ryan reads his essay “What is Ultralight Backpacking: How We Talk About Ultralight.” Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/podcast-30-refuge-20…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Andrew talk to Aïscha Tomasoa and Jesper Jensen - the Bohohobos - about their epic trek through Scandinavia as novice backpackers. Also in this episode: Relationships while backpacking Gear! A new Backpacking Light website coming soon. And more! Click here for show notes: https://backpackin…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light podcast, Andrew and Ryan discuss the gear, skills, and hacks you need to create your own backpacking meals. This giant two-hour episode is chock full of actionable tips, with input from Backpacking Light’s resident dehydration expert, Dave Swink, and Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, CD from the Backcountry Foodi…
 
Andrew and Ryan answer questions solicited from the Backpacking Light community on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Covered in this episode: Hydrophobic down technology Solar panels and battery pack management Favorite hiking books and movies How to get a good night’s sleep in the backcountry Hammock systems DCF/eVent fabrics Appalachian Trail tri…
 
Note: This podcast was recorded in early February, 2020 - before Covid-19 social distancing measures went into place. In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Andrew talk about load hauling - how to go as light as possible when the nature of your trip (packrafting, desert water carries, family backpacking, winter travel, etc.) req…
 
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