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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Backpacking Camp Shoes: The Smart Trekker’s Guide

By Casey Fiedler

If you’ve never spent a week in wet hiking boots, then you’re in for a surprise at some point in your trekking career. It’s unpleasant, cold, and leaves your feet swollen and sore. I can’t tell you how often I get jealous of other hikers with nice camp shoes. This secondary pair of lightweight shoes […]

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The 5 Best Budget Trekking Poles (2017)

By Casey Fiedler

Trekking poles have been proven time and again to take stress off the joints and help to alleviate some of the stresses caused from high-intensity hiking. It’s also easy to see that using trekking poles in many situations can help to aid in balance, stride, and speed. When I first started using trekking poles, I […]

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The 3 Best Backpacking Flashlights

By Casey Fiedler

Sure, headlamps have become wildly popular in recent years — but flashlights still have their place on the trial and for good reasons. This article will explore why flashlights are a great choice for some backpackers as well as what makes the best backpacking flashlights. There are several features I consider absolutely necessary in a backpacking […]

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The 4 Best Lighters for Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Choosing the best lighter for hiking and backpacking is pretty easy to overlook. After all, it’s just a lighter, right? Well, when we head out into the backcountry there are dozens of items that get tossed into the backpack and — as a gram-weenie (lightweight hiker) myself — I can tell you that every item […]

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9 Best Backpacking Saws for 2017

By Casey Fiedler

When we’re heading into the wilderness for a backpacking trip, it’s critical that our gear is light weight, compact, and durable. And these qualities are especially important when selecting the best backpacking saw to take into the backcountry with you. Not only must the saw meet these criteria, we also need specific types of saws […]

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What to Wear for Hiking in Cold Weather

By Casey Fiedler

As autumn deepens and the nights grow longer, most hikers are scheduling an end to the year of enjoyment. Some of us, however, plan to keep hiking and backpacking even into the coldest months of winter. If you’re one of those people then you’ll be happy to know that you’re not alone. It can be […]

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