• Home  / 
  • Author's archive:
About the author

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

0 Shares

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 […]

0 Shares

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 […]

0 Shares

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 […]

0 Shares

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 […]

0 Shares

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 […]

0 Shares

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, […]

0 Shares

Best Backpacking Shovels & Trowels [2017 Buyer’s Guide]

By Casey Fiedler

No, we’re not talking about a long handled wooden shovel. We’re also not talking about those military backpacking shovels that fold in half and weigh an insane amount. So what constitutes a backpacking shovel or trowel for this article? We’re talking about poop trowels for properly disposing of human waste. In the backpacking world, it’s […]

2 Shares

The Best Backpacking Pillows of 2017

By Casey Fiedler

When you head into the woods for a backpacking trip, chances are your pillow isn’t the first thing on your mind or packing list. But nevertheless, if you’re like me, having a pillow can make or break your trip. In fact, there are two things I must have to get rested for another long day […]

0 Shares

The 5 Best Monoculars for Backpacking & Hiking

By Casey Fiedler

One of the golden rules of backpacking is to keep weight down and keep everything as compact as possible. So if you’re heading out and need to take some binoculars, you might consider a monocular instead. Monoculars are often just as powerful as comparable binoculars for most recreational birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers. So why […]

1 Shares

The 5 Best Backpacking Tripods

By Casey Fiedler

When your passion of hiking and backpacking crosses with photography, things can get tricky. Any photographer needs a tripod for certain shots, but trekking into the wilderness with this bulky device isn’t always easy. So, what’s the solution? We need lightweight and compact tripods for backpacking. They have to be small enough to fit into […]

1 2 3
Page 1 of 3