Ultralight Hiking Blog

A Long (WET) Weekend in GSMNP, by Bryan Banducci

A Long (WET) Weekend in GSMNP, by Bryan Banducci

Recently a friend asked if I would be interested in a cheap flight to Chattanooga TN from NYC for a long weekend backpacking trip. Having never visited that part of the country before, I promptl...

Ways to Stay Connected to Nature During the Fall, by Caroline "Karaoke" Hinchliff

Ways to Stay Connected to Nature During the Fall, by Caroline "Karaoke" Hinchliff

Autumn is here—the temperatures are steadily dropping, the days are growing shorter, and the trees are ablaze in golden hues. After a summer of exploring in the forest and sleeping under the stars,...

The 1-2-3’s of Acknowledging Native Land, by Diamon “dirty bird” Clark

The 1-2-3’s of Acknowledging Native Land, by Diamon “dirty bird” Clark

SMD Ambassador Diamon “dirty bird” Clark (right) relied on the Lunar Duo and Solo during her 3-week Idaho backpacking trip. The highlight of my year was the month of September. It began with lead...

Choosing My Own Adventure on the Continental Divide Trail by Sara Dhooma

Choosing My Own Adventure on the Continental Divide Trail by Sara Dhooma

Sara at the Southern Terminus of the CDT, Cray Cook, NM.  Photo by Sara Dhooma Imagine a raindrop falling from the sky upon the spine of the Continental Divide.  There are two possible outcomes, r...

The Colorado Trail , 485 Miles from Denver to Durango by Francisco "Karate Kid" Miller

The Colorado Trail , 485 Miles from Denver to Durango by Francisco "Karate Kid" Miller

"Karate Kid" at the start of the Colorado Trail Photo by Francisco "Karate Kid" Miller Ever since I hiked through Colorado on the Continental Divide (CDT), I had wanted to go back.  My time on the...

400 miles in the San Juan Mountains by Hawkeye Johnson

400 miles in the San Juan Mountains by Hawkeye Johnson

The San Juan Mountains of Colorado Photo by Hawkeye Johnson For the past four years instead of traveling somewhere to go for a long hike, I’ve started walking out my door into the rugged San Juan ...