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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 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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The 5 Best Portable Battery Packs for Camping and Backpacking

By Casey Fiedler

Whether you’re heading out for a month long expedition or camping overnight with the family, chances are you need power. Today more than ever it’s necessary to have access to supplemental power for charging phones, tablets, GPS, and other units. We’re going to take a look at some of the best portable battery packs for […]

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Helle Temagami Review: A Blade Designed By ‘Survivorman’ Himself

By Casey Fiedler

If you’ve never seen Survivorman then we can say for sure that you’re missing out. As one of the original shows in the modern outdoor / survival TV trend Survivorman, pioneered by Les Stroud, stands above the rest. In 2011 Les teamed up with Norwegian knife makers, Helle Knives, to design a “survival” themed knife which turned […]

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25 Simple Backpacking Food Ideas

By Casey Fiedler

So you decided to head out on a backpacking trip. Maybe you’re taking some friends or the family. But just as you starting planning the adventure,  you realize something…. You have no idea how to plan meals that don’t consist solely of “Mountain Home” dehydrated food bags. Fear not. This article will give you a list […]

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The 6 Best Backpacking Stoves Of 2017

By Casey Fiedler

Backpacking stoves, like most gear, come in almost all imaginable shapes and sizes and fit users whose needs may vary dramatically. Some stoves do one thing exceptionally well. These stoves might be extremely lightweight, or extremely easy to use. Other stoves are a balance of all asset classes, they’re usable in extreme weather, reliable, and […]

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The Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads For Any Situation

By Casey Fiedler

Most experienced hikers will agree: the sleeping pad can make or break your stay in the backcountry. Taking the time to thoroughly research and invest in your sleep system for hiking – be it overnight or multi-week – is guaranteed to improve your experience while backpacking. Understanding what goes in to choosing the right sleeping […]

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The Difference Between Hiking and Trekking (For The Record)

By Casey Fiedler

Partaking in outdoor recreation means, inevitably, that you will soon stumble across the difference between hiking and trekking. And maybe you’ve even asked yourself: Am I on a hike or a trek? Or for that matter, am I mountaineering or backpacking ? Do these labels really matter? Maybe not. Sure, you don’t need to know if […]

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