As I mentioned in my article “5 technologies that help make ultralight backpacking possible“, the web has become an amazing source of information and new ideas for ultralight backpackers. I am going to show you some of the best ultralight backpacking blogs the web currently has to offer. This is my list. Let me know what you think.
Brian’s Backpacking Blog briangreen.net
British-born, Brian Green has had a steady flow of great content since 2008. His style of writing is very conversational and Brian spends much of his time on other social media sites. Also check him out on Twitter. Brian is clearly an ultralight backpacker, but has a vast array of interest that he speaks about including barefoot running and Horology. Out of the list I find myself on Brian’s blog most often.
Section Hiker sectionhiker.com
Philip Werner started Section Hiker in 2008 to follow his journey of hiking the Appalachian trail section by section. This block is by far the best organized one I have seen. He has a plethora of information on backpacking and ultralight backpacking as well as great trail logs of the AT and the Long Trail in Vermont. Philip is also the founder of hiking-blogs.net discussed in my post. A great place to find other blogs on hiking and backpacking.
Backpacking Light backpackinglight.com
Backpacking Light was founded in 2001 by Ryan Jordan and Alan Dixon. It is currently run by Ryan and his wife Stephanie. If you’re looking for info on ultralight backpacking on the web, you will eventually end up on one of their articles. They have a large array of contributors who cover many topics in the niche. Ryan and Stephanie also host ultralight backpacking courses online and in person. The only real downfall is that much of the content is behind a paid subscription.
Jolly Green Giant jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Reviews, reviews, reviews. This 6’5″ tall, ultralight enthusiast shares some great reviews and a unique perspective of finding gear for the taller folks. I am a fan of his reviews because he is thorough and uses photography to really see what he is talking about. There are also some great trip reports, “Jolly” uses a free Blogger blog and has mentioned that he wouldn’t mind some tech help to move to a better platform. If you need some help Jolly, let me know.
Ryan Jordan’s Personal Blog ryanjordan.com
Ryan is a true entrepreneur. His personal blog spends much time promoting his courses and some other offerings. The photography on the site is beautiful, and in true entrepreneurial fashion, can be purchased with a click of the mouse. This blog is worth your while as Ryan does put a great deal of effort into it and shares some great advice, photography, poetry and tips.
Please recommend some of your favorite backpacking blogs in the comments below. I would love to hear what you have to say.