Ninety-Pound Rucksack

By Christian Beckwith

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Episodes: 13


Ninety-Pound Rucksack is a podcast about the US Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division, a gritty unit of World War II climbers and skiers who trained for more than two years in the Colorado Rockies (often wearing ninety-pound “rucksacks,” or backpacks) to fight the Axis powers in extreme cold and mountainous terrain. Not only did the Division's insertion into the war help end Germany’s occupation of Italy; post-war, its veterans founded and developed ski areas across America, started companies like NOLS and Nike and launched the fields of avalanche science and wilderness rescue. Equal parts real-time research, intimate conversation and revelatory journalism, Ninety-Pound Rucksack explores not only the stories that made the unit famous, but also the transformative power of the mountains to forge a collective identity among the mountain troops—and to ignite a passion for the outdoors that reshaped American society in the process.

Episode Date
Gear Heads, Part 2: Episode 09
Mar 25, 2024
Gear Heads, Part 1: Episode 08
Jan 12, 2024
Bonus Episode: The 10th, Then and Now
Jan 11, 2024
Mountain Intelligence: Episode 07
Oct 26, 2023
Ninety Pounds of Rucksack: Episode 06
Jul 27, 2023
Paradise: Episode 05
Jun 07, 2023
The Ski Patrols: Episode 04
Mar 23, 2023
The Drumbeats of War: Episode 03
Feb 04, 2023
The State of The Art Part 2: Episode 02 Part 2
Dec 22, 2022
The State of the Art Part 1: Episode 02 Part 1
Nov 29, 2022
The Winter War: Episode 01
Oct 19, 2022
Ninety-Pound Rucksack Teaser
Oct 11, 2022
The Genesis of Ninety-Pound Rucksack
Aug 29, 2022