23 episodes

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

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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.

    Henry Shires of Tarptent

    Henry Shires of Tarptent

    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 from your company to recharge, and much more.

    • 55 min
    SKILLS SHORT: Hypothermia and Frostbite - Treatment and Prevention

    SKILLS SHORT: Hypothermia and Frostbite - Treatment and Prevention

    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 and concludes with a brief discussion of Ryan's favorite winter gear.

    • 31 min
    Backcountry Coffee

    Backcountry Coffee

    Coffee. What makes a good cup, what makes a bad cup, and what are the best ways to java yourself in the backcountry? In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Andrew talks with expert hikers and roasters alike to parse the tools and techniques you need to experience world-class coffee while backpacking.

    • 48 min
    SKILLS SHORT: Family Backpacking

    SKILLS SHORT: Family Backpacking

    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.

    • 36 min
    The Long Trail Fastest Known Time (Unsupported)

    The Long Trail Fastest Known Time (Unsupported)

    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.

    Ryan and Andrew talk to Jeff about the nuts and bolts of his Long Trail FKT before transitioning into a conversation about mental health, relationships, and the philosophy of speed records.

    • 1 hr
    SKILLS SHORT: Backpacking Clothing for Inclement Weather

    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 min

Customer Reviews

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Yes!

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Far and away the most informed backpacking podcast

These guys are amazing! The gear they review is rigorously tested under EXTREME conditions. I find the content on this channel to be a million times more trustworthy than all of the well known backpacking “influencers” combined.

Helvitis ,

Great podcast

One of the best podcasts on iTunes for backpacking

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