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Backpacking Light Podcast

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Backpacking Light Podcast
Backpacking Light Podcast

Backpacking Light Podcast

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The Backpacking Light Podcast explores the technology, gear, skills, and philosophy of backcountry wilderness travel through stories, interviews, and investigative reports.

Latest Episodes

Backpacking Light Podcast / 018 / SKILLS SHORT: Backpacking Clothing for Inclement Weather

In this podcast, we address three key questions: 1 - What are clothing systems and why is it important to consider clothing in the context of a system? 2 - What does it mean when we talk about inclement conditions or summer vs. 3-season or 4-season backpacking? 3 - What pieces of clothing do we need to add or replace in our summer system in order to be better prepared for 3-season or inclement conditions?

19 MIN6 d ago
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Backpacking Light Podcast / 018 / SKILLS SHORT: Backpacking Clothing for Inclement Weather

Backpacking Light Podcast | 017 | The ANWR, Public Lands, and the Trump Administration: An Interview with Journalist Adam Federman

In this episode, Andrew talks to Adam Federman, a journalist covering the recent push by the Trump administration to lease oil and gas rights in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Adam is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations, where he’s spent the last few years covering energy, public land, and the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

43 MINSEP 26
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 017 | The ANWR, Public Lands, and the Trump Administration: An Interview with Journalist Adam Federman

Backpacking Light Podcast | 016 | SKILLS SHORT: Maceration and Immersion Foot Diseases

In this SKILLS SHORT (the first in a series on foot care), Ryan and Andrew break down the causes, symptoms, and results of immersion foot diseases. After a fairly exhaustive and somewhat nasty primer (you’ll hear the phrase “sloughing skin” more than once) the guys discuss strategies to prevent and manage immersion foot diseases and their symptoms. Includes resources and references for further reading.

24 MINAUG 26
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 016 | SKILLS SHORT: Maceration and Immersion Foot Diseases

Backpacking Light Podcast | 015 | TRIP SHORT: The Tahoe Rim Trail

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.

39 MINAUG 10
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 015 | TRIP SHORT: The Tahoe Rim Trail

Backpacking Light Podcast | 014 | SKILLS SHORT: Training for Backpacking

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. In this episode Ryan and Andrew cover: living at sea level, training on stable vs. uneven ground, trail vs. road running, cycling, stabilizing muscles, core strength, upper body resistance training, nutrition, and tons more.

31 MINJUL 28
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 014 | SKILLS SHORT: Training for Backpacking

Backpacking Light Podcast | 013 | SKILLS SHORT: Camping in Inclement Weather

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.

16 MINJUL 2
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 013 | SKILLS SHORT: Camping in Inclement Weather

Backpacking Light Podcast | 012 | Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

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 backcountry seating. Suspend your disbelief, friends - in this episode, we try to talk you into bringing along a backpacking chair.

31 MINJUN 29
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 012 | Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

Backpacking Light Podcast | 011 | Upright Canister Stoves

This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast is a deep dive into the world of upright canister stoves. Ryan and Andrew walk you through the recent BPL Upright Canister Stove Gear Guide - what they tested, how they tested it, what excelled, and what melted.

34 MINMAY 30
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 011 | Upright Canister Stoves

Backpacking Light Podcast | 010 | StoveBench

Today’s episode is a TECH SHORT. In this episode we talk about StoveBench: Backpacking Light’s new protocol for standardizing stove performance comparisons.

23 MINMAY 24
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 010 | StoveBench

Backpacking Light Podcast | 009 | The Sun is a Compass

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.

50 MINMAR 28
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Backpacking Light Podcast | 009 | The Sun is a Compass

Latest Episodes

Backpacking Light Podcast / 018 / SKILLS SHORT: Backpacking Clothing for Inclement Weather

In this podcast, we address three key questions: 1 - What are clothing systems and why is it important to consider clothing in the context of a system? 2 - What does it mean when we talk about inclement conditions or summer vs. 3-season or 4-season backpacking? 3 - What pieces of clothing do we need to add or replace in our summer system in order to be better prepared for 3-season or inclement conditions?

19 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast / 018 / SKILLS SHORT: Backpacking Clothing for Inclement Weather

Backpacking Light Podcast | 017 | The ANWR, Public Lands, and the Trump Administration: An Interview with Journalist Adam Federman

In this episode, Andrew talks to Adam Federman, a journalist covering the recent push by the Trump administration to lease oil and gas rights in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Adam is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations, where he’s spent the last few years covering energy, public land, and the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

43 MINSEP 26
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 017 | The ANWR, Public Lands, and the Trump Administration: An Interview with Journalist Adam Federman

Backpacking Light Podcast | 016 | SKILLS SHORT: Maceration and Immersion Foot Diseases

In this SKILLS SHORT (the first in a series on foot care), Ryan and Andrew break down the causes, symptoms, and results of immersion foot diseases. After a fairly exhaustive and somewhat nasty primer (you’ll hear the phrase “sloughing skin” more than once) the guys discuss strategies to prevent and manage immersion foot diseases and their symptoms. Includes resources and references for further reading.

24 MINAUG 26
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 016 | SKILLS SHORT: Maceration and Immersion Foot Diseases

Backpacking Light Podcast | 015 | TRIP SHORT: The Tahoe Rim Trail

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.

39 MINAUG 10
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 015 | TRIP SHORT: The Tahoe Rim Trail

Backpacking Light Podcast | 014 | SKILLS SHORT: Training for Backpacking

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. In this episode Ryan and Andrew cover: living at sea level, training on stable vs. uneven ground, trail vs. road running, cycling, stabilizing muscles, core strength, upper body resistance training, nutrition, and tons more.

31 MINJUL 28
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 014 | SKILLS SHORT: Training for Backpacking

Backpacking Light Podcast | 013 | SKILLS SHORT: Camping in Inclement Weather

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.

16 MINJUL 2
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 013 | SKILLS SHORT: Camping in Inclement Weather

Backpacking Light Podcast | 012 | Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

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 backcountry seating. Suspend your disbelief, friends - in this episode, we try to talk you into bringing along a backpacking chair.

31 MINJUN 29
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 012 | Lightweight Chairs for Backpacking

Backpacking Light Podcast | 011 | Upright Canister Stoves

This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast is a deep dive into the world of upright canister stoves. Ryan and Andrew walk you through the recent BPL Upright Canister Stove Gear Guide - what they tested, how they tested it, what excelled, and what melted.

34 MINMAY 30
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 011 | Upright Canister Stoves

Backpacking Light Podcast | 010 | StoveBench

Today’s episode is a TECH SHORT. In this episode we talk about StoveBench: Backpacking Light’s new protocol for standardizing stove performance comparisons.

23 MINMAY 24
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 010 | StoveBench

Backpacking Light Podcast | 009 | The Sun is a Compass

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.

50 MINMAR 28
Comments
Backpacking Light Podcast | 009 | The Sun is a Compass