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Casey Fiedler

Professional ski instructor and backpacking guide, Casey Fiedler went to school with CWC and NOLS for Outdoor Education and Leadership. Want to read more about what it takes to lead great adventure trips? Casey writes about outdoor education at caseyfiedler.wordpress.com

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The 10 Best Camping Utensils (Reviewed & Ranked)

By Casey Fiedler

Good for you.While less-savvy outdoor adventurers may not bother doing research about the best camping utensils, you know that these little tools matter.Naturally, you want to find utensils that will meet your needs — which isn’t always easy, considering there are dozens of different products on the market.So this article will give you a no-BS […]

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The 21 Best Gifts For Hikers & Backpackers (2017)

By Casey Fiedler

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and, if you’re like me, you’re probably scrambling to figure out what to get everyone on your list. If you have a hiker or outdoors lover on your holiday list this season, don’t worry! I’m about to help you find 30 great outdoor gift […]

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The 5 Best Lightweight Tarps for Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Boy, have things ever changed.Today’s lightweight backpacking tarps and ultralight shelters are massive improvements on the models of even last season. And if you did any backpacking 20-30 years ago, you’ll really notice how these products have evolved.Tarps are popular shelters among backpackers seeking the lightest possible gear. They’re simple, inexpensive, and highly adaptable. Once […]

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The Ohio Buckeye Trail

By Casey Fiedler

DISTANCE (round-trip)1444 mi (2323km) DIFFICULTY TIME70-140 days​ ALTERNATIVE TONorth Country Trail SOLITUDE The Heartland Trail No One Told You AboutOhio may not be the first area you think about when considering a great backpacking adventure. That’s why it makes the perfect place to find a 1,000+ mile trail that sees very little attention.The Buckeye Trail runs […]

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Mountains to Sea Trail

By Casey Fiedler

DISTANCE (round-trip)1175 mi (1891km) DIFFICULTY TIME60-120 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOAppalachian Trail SOLITUDE Enjoy All of North CarolinaFrom the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Outer Banks, you’ll see nearly all of North Carolina on this 1175 mile trail.Starting in the sharp mountains of Western North Carolina, you’ll enjoy some of the most notoriously beautiful sections […]

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The Best Backpacking First Aid Kits (reviews + tips)

By Casey Fiedler

As a new hiker, we’re usually focused on gear, weight, colors, technical specs, etc. Some of the broader concepts tend to get lost in the details. Such as, “Hey, what will I do if I get a big infected blister?”. That’s when it hits you – you forgot to pay attention to your hiking first […]

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Shore-to-Shore Trail (Michigan)

By Casey Fiedler

DISTANCE (round-trip)220 mi (354 km) DIFFICULTY TIME11-22 days​ ALTERNATIVE TONorth Country Trail SOLITUDE Hike like a fur trader!The northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan is rich in history, lakes, and sand. You’ll hike from some of the most beautiful sand dunes on Lake Michigan all the way to stunning views of Lake Huron. What could be better?At […]

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Lake Superior Trail (Michigan)

By Casey Fiedler

DISTANCE (round-trip)17 mi (27.4 km) DIFFICULTY TIME2-3 days​ ALTERNATIVE TONorth Country Trail SOLITUDE The Gales of November Remember.Lake Superior can be one of the most beautiful and most harsh locations in the North. The Lake Superior Hiking Trail is located near some of the best hiking in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.Even though the trail itself […]

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Sheltowee Trace Trail (Kentucky)

By Casey Fiedler

DISTANCE (round-trip)319 mi (513 km) DIFFICULTY TIME20 – 32 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOAppalachian Trail SOLITUDE Maybe the Most-Overlooked Long Trail on the East CoastJust an hour northwest of Knoxville is an overlooked park called Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. It’s quite a mouthful. It’s also the southern terminus of the Sheltowee Trace Trail.At […]

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Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags Under $200 [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

By Casey Fiedler

Sleeping bags can be one of the most expensive pieces of backpacking equipment you’ll have to purchase. What’s worse is that you’ll probably have to buy more than one of them. Why? Because you’ll want one that’s right for every temperature range you might be hiking in.Because most of us are on a budget, it’s […]

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