Will “Willi Wabbit” Rietveld and Janet “BunsOfSteel” Reichl are both lifelong backpacking enthusiasts. Since their marriage, Will and Janet have enjoyed a special bond through ultralight backpacking. After retiring in 1997 and moving to southwest Colorado, Will and Janet have gotten deeply involved in the ultralight backpacking movement. Early on, they made their own lightweight gear. Will joined the staff of Backpacking Light Magazine in 2003, and has published nearly 300 articles on lightweight gear and techniques. For the past ten years they have given annual presentations on lightweight backpacking and lightweight cooking.
Both Will and Janet have a strong commitment to preserving public lands and volunteer as Wilderness Information Specialists with the USDA Forest Service, where they chat with backpackers on wilderness trails to provide helpful information and encourage adoption of Leave No Trace principles. Together they have logged over 3500 hours in the backcountry as WIS volunteers. They are frequent participants in Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado trail projects and also does a lot of trail, backcountry, and roadside litter cleanup.
Home: Durango, Colorado
Websites: Ultralight Insights | Southwest Ultralight Backpacking | Chicago Basin Trip Planning Guide
Outdoor Organization Involvement
Wilderness Information Specialists, Volunteers, and Board of Directors Members at San Juan Mountains Association | Volunteers at Outdoor Colorado | Will: Senior Editor, Janet: Photo Editor and Writer at Backpacking Light Magazine | Janet: Founder at Chicago Basin Trip Planning Guide
Favorite Training Grounds
Weminuche Wilderness in southwest Colorado, southern Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico deserts.