Like her husband Will Rietveld, Janet “BunsOfSteel” Reichl has been a lifelong backpacking (and canoeing) enthusiast. She grew up in Wisconsin where she was a member of a Girl Scout Mariner group that went on canoe trips all over the Northwoods.
Since their marriage, Will and Janet have enjoyed a special bond through ultralight backpacking. They originally made a lot of their own gear and now give annual presentations on lightweight backpacking and lightweight cooking. She has been a Forest Service volunteer since 1998 as a Wilderness Information Specialist where she backpacks in the Weminuche Wilderness in Southern Colorado and chats with backpackers she meets on the trail to provide information about Leave No Trace principles. Janet also participates in Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado trail projects, and does a lot of trail, backcountry, and roadside cleanup.
Home: Durango, CO
Outdoor Organization Involvement: Wilderness Information Specialist at San Juan Mountains Association | Founder at Chicago Basin Trip Planning Guide | Photographer, Photo Editor, and Writer at Backpacking Light Magazine
Favorite Training Grounds: Weminuche Wilderness in southwest Colorado, southern Utah canyon country, Arizona, and New Mexico deserts.
Current Plans: Continue making as many trips as possible to enjoy our public lands.