The Backpacking Light Podcast explores the technology, gear, skills, and philosophy of backcountry wilderness travel through stories, interviews, and investigative reports.
Episode 40 |Story Short: The Anthropology of a Trail
Who or what makes a trail? This is the question Backpacking Light author Ben Kilbourne asks himself (and us) as he reads his essay The Anthropology of a Trail.
Episode 39 | Matt Mason: Bikepacking and Public Lands
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 Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
Backpacking Light Podcast | 038 | Skills Short - Tenkara Fly Fishing
In this Skills Short episode, Ryan and Andrew talk about the essential skills and gear needed to take up the sport of tenkara-style fly fishing.
Click here for show notes: https://backpackinglight.com/episode-38-skills-short-tenkara-fishing/
Backpacking Light Podcast | 037 | Endurance Training for Backpackers
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.
Episode 036 | Salamander Song
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.
Backpacking Light Podcast | 035 | Les Stroud
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.