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July 31, 2020
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!
June 29, 2020
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 Foodie.
May 21, 2020
In this episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast, Ryan and Andrew answer questions solicited from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also in this episode: catching up on quarantine life and new favorite gear.
April 21, 2020
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, winter travel, etc.) requires specialized and (often) heavy gear.  Also in this episode: Xero Shoes, Rogue Panda, and an interview with Kevin Timm of Seek Outside.
March 27, 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep the world, Andrew and Ryan take a hard look at responsible backpacking in 2020. They are joined by Jeff Garmire: repeat guest, elite long-distance athlete, author, and FKT holder - and Maggie Slepian: thru-hiker, climber, freelance writer, and Managing Editor of the Trek.
February 14, 2020
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 conversations in the forums, and much more! Please leave us a review and rating, it helps other people find our show!
December 20, 2019
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.
December 11, 2019
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.
November 30, 2019
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.
November 27, 2019
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.
October 31, 2019
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.
October 17, 2019
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?
October 11, 2019
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.
September 25, 2019
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.
August 26, 2019
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.
August 9, 2019
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.
July 27, 2019
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.
July 2, 2019
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.
June 29, 2019
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.
May 29, 2019
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.
May 23, 2019
Today’s episode is a TECH SHORT. In this episode we talk about StoveBench: Backpacking Light’s new protocol for standardizing stove performance comparisons.
March 27, 2019
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.
February 14, 2019
This podcast is about winter Backpacking Skills. It is a short conversation focusing on the gear you'll need for a sub 15 lb winter backpacking kit, and the skills you'll need to make that kit work.
December 12, 2018
This podcast is about trekking poles. It features two interviews, deep discussion of scientific studies around the benefits (or not) of pole use, conversation around common internet trekking pole arguments, and some pole buying tips.
November 14, 2018
This episode is a deep dive into photography and filmmaking in the backcountry. Featuring: an interview with filmmaker and ultralight backpacker Chris Smead, an in-depth discussion of camera gear and techniques, listener solutions for last episode's Hiker Hacks problem, and full on Norwegian fish net base layers.
October 17, 2018
This episode features an in depth conversation around backcountry navigational skills, techniques, and tools. The guys talk getting lost and how to minimize risk in the outdoors. Andrew introduces a new segment and Ryan feature his favorite map app.
July 16, 2018
This episode features a conversation with a few of the Backpacking Light Wilderness Adventure guides. Kevin Fletcher, Dan Wielenga, and Adam Van Zee all joined Ryan in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in June for our Guide's Training course. In the car on the way home, our conversation turned to the philosophy, benefits, and “soft skills” of ultralight backpacking. Also featured: the Garmin inReach Mini.
May 25, 2018
In this episode we tackle the science, myths, and dogma surrounding backpacking food and nutrition. Featuring guest Brian Rigby, certified sports nutritionist and author. We tackle food and nutrition issues as they relate to thru-hiking, ketogenic diets, plant-based diets (veganism and vegetarianism), gluten-free issues, and macronutrient-micronutrient nutrition.
April 22, 2018
In this episode we dive into the design, manufacturing, and applications of Dyneema Composite Fabrics. We interview Wes Hatcher, Applications Manager for DSM Dyneema, along with cottage ultralight backpacking company founders Graham Williams (CiloGear), Mike St. Pierre (Hyperlite Mountain Gear), Joe Valesko (ZPacks), Henry Shires (Tarptent), and Glen Van Peski (Gossamer Gear) and discuss the relevance of Dyneema Composite Fabrics for apparel, shelters, backpacks, and more.
March 24, 2018
Ryan and Andrew explore the science, technology, and applications behind synthetic insulation. We interview Max Neale about his two-year project reviewing lightweight synthetic-insulated jackets, the nature of expedition risk, and his party's recent helicopter rescue on the world's largest mountain.
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