Ben Kilbourne

Ben Kilbourne
  • Title: Gear Tester, Writer, and Editor]
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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  • Topics of Expertise: backpacking, ultralight backpacking, fastpacking, packrafting, gear reviewing, environment
  • Years in These Expertise: backpacking – 20, ultralight backpacking – 10, fastpacking – 4, packrafting – 11, gear reviewing – 10, environment – 4
  • A Numeric Reference or Two Regarding Relevant Experience: Over 20 essays published about the intersection of recreation and environment, Over 50 gear review articles published, 150+ items of gear tested, 2,500+ hours testing gear.

Education & Certifications

  • Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, University of Utah; Masters of Science, Environmental Humanities, University of Utah
  • Years of Professional Experience Relevant to iRunFar: 12
  • Club or Association Memberships: SUWA
  • Awards or Recognitions: Ethel Armstrong Rolapp Award for Excellence (BFA), Outstanding Seminar Paper Award (MS)
  • Other Relevant Positions, Current or Past: Contributing writer for Backpacker Magazine, Backpacking Light, Dark Mountain, and Section Hiker. Podcast assistant producer and co-host with the In Site Podcast.

A Word From Ben Kilbourne:

I want to highlight the intersection of recreation and environmental issues to increase environmental awareness in recreation communities including but not limited to the trail running world. I also try to identify the best gear for particular uses in order to prevent people from buying more than they need, thus reducing consumerism overall. Personal Interests include backpacking, trail running, fastpacking, amateur naturalist, musician/songwriter, podcaster, painter, community member (in every sense of the word)