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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 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 2016

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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The 5 Best Camera Backpacks for Hiking | 2016

By Casey Fiedler

What are the absolute best camera backpacks for hiking available in 2016 for carrying that expensive, valuable photo equipment in the backcountry? If you’re seeking to answer this question you’ve come to the right place my friend. So buckle those hip belts because here we go: Let’s start with why you need a camera backpack: Compartmentalization […]

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