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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…
 
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Andrew talk about some of the BPL staff’s favorite gear from 2019. From there they transition into a larger discussion of Backpacking Light’s gear philosophy. Also in this episode: What's new at BPL Andrew and Ryan’s favorite new gear Public lands news and headlines Interesting conversation…
 
Henry Shires is the President and Founder of Tarptent, a direct-to-consumer, cottage-industry tent manufacturer known for its light, stable, and roomy shelters. In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew chats with Henry about his design philosophy and process, fabrics, Tarptent’s business journey, the importance of taking time away f…
 
It may not technically be winter - but snow and temperatures are falling all across the country. To help you stay safe this season, this Backpacking Light SKILLS SHORT centers on frostbite and hypothermia. Ryan and Andrew kick things off with frostbite: how it occurs medically, how it presents symptomatically, the best ways to prevent it, and how t…
 
Coffee. What makes a good cup, what makes a bad cup, and what are the best ways to java yourself in the backcountry? All these questions and more are the subject of this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast. To shed some light on this issue, Andrew turned to two experts. The first is Emylene VanderVelden. Emylene is a longtime-author at Backpac…
 
Introducing children to the world of backpacking can be an amazing, uplifting experience. It can also go totally sideways. In this SKILLS SHORT Ryan and Andrew talk about best practices for family backpacking: route planning, trip types, gear, type one vs type two fun (kid edition!), safety, communication, and more. Click here for show notes: https…
 
Today’s guest is Jeff Garmire (trail name Legend). In the summer of 2019 Jeff achieved the fastest known time on Vermont’s iconic Long Trail, clocking all 272 miles in five days, twenty- three hours, and forty-eight minutes. Prior to that he set unsupported and over-all FKT on the Arizona Trail, completed the Great Western Loop, and completed a Cal…
 
In this podcast, we address three key questions: What are clothing systems and why is it important to consider clothing in the context of a system? What does it mean when we talk about inclement conditions or summer vs. 3-season or 4-season backpacking? What pieces of clothing do we need to add or replace in our summer system in order to be better …
 
Jimmy Carter created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1980, and it’s been a contentious subject virtually ever since. A bonanza of biodiversity, it also potentially sits atop one of America’s last untapped oil reserves. In this episode, Andrew talks to Adam Federman, a journalist covering the recent push by the Trump administration to lease o…
 
As backpackers, we spend a lot of time thinking about and managing our feet. One problem that crops up a lot (especially for those of us who choose to utilize ultralight footwear, hike in damp or snowy environments, or both) is wet feet. Feet that get wet and stay wet can cause all kinds of nasty issues - starting with maceration (wrinkly, pale, so…
 
When Backpacking Light Gear Editor and Podcast Producer Andrew Marshall set out on a fast thru-hike of the Tahoe Rim Trail, he knew he’d be contending with Sierra snow pack that was several hundred percent above average. The story of that trip - trail conditions, lessons learned, and gear tested - is the subject of this BPL TRIP SHORT. After a brie…
 
It’s no secret: the more physically prepared you are for a backpacking trip, the more you are going to enjoy yourself. But what are the most effective ways to reach optimal backpacking condition? That’s the topic of today’s BPL SKILLS SHORT: training. After a brief introduction, Ryan and Andrew get right to it - covering some basics like living at …
 
In this episode, Ryan offers some practical guidelines for managing wet gear, condensation, and camp chores if you have to be holed up in a tent during a prolonged period of inclement weather. Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/podcast-013-tentbound-rain-gear This podcast is brought to you ad-free by the subscribing members of …
 
Tired of sacrificing comfort for a low base weight? So is Doug Johnson, a longtime BPL author on a multi-year quest to discover a luxurious-but-ultralight backcountry experience. Doug has treated himself (and his family) to extensive cook systems, thick sleeping pads, and cozy hammocks - now he’s turned his expert eye to the world of ultralight bac…
 
This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast is a deep dive into the world of upright canister stoves. Canister stoves are notoriously difficult to compare accurately. Variations in testing conditions and methodology make any head-to-head comparisons suspect at best, especially when using manufacturer generated data. That’s why we developed StoveB…
 
Today’s episode is a TECH SHORT. In this episode we talk about StoveBench: Backpacking Light’s new protocol for standardizing stove performance comparisons. We just published our huge Upright Canister Stove Gear Guide, in which we evaluated over 30 different upright canister stove stoves, eventually putting 17 through a variety of StoveBench tests.…
 
In this episode, we talk to the Alaskan writer, biologist, and adventurer Caroline Van Hemert. Caroline is an ornithologist who, along with her husband Pat, undertook a 4,000-mile human-powered journey from Bellingham Washington to Kotzebue, a small town high above the arctic circle. Caroline’s written a book about her journey, The Sun is a Compass…
 
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