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    Average Hiking Speed: How to calculate your pace

    By Casey Fiedler

    When I first got into backpacking I had not even the slightest clue about figuring out how fast I might travel on the trail. As you plan your first trip one of the first questions that come up is, “where will we camp for the night?” This question and most other itinerary questions can only […]

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      Ultralight Winter Backpacking Gear List 2019/2020

      By Casey Fiedler

      Let’s be clear – heading into the wilderness for an ultralight winter backpacking trip means making some sacrifices. These sacrifices come in the form of more weight, in exchange you get a higher probability of actually living through the trip itself. If this sounds like a good trade, read on! NOTE: If you’re looking for multi-season […]

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        The 6 Best Waterproof Ponchos for Backpacking

        By Casey Fiedler

        I’ve spent hundreds of nights on the trail guiding trips and I’ve used everything from plastic bags to waterproof ponchos for backpacking.So I understand — better than most people — that choosing the best rain poncho for backpacking is a much more involved process than it might seem. Assuming you’ve already asked all the right […]

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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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            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 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 Essential Guide to Backpacking with A Dog

                  By Dustin Walker

                  BY KELLY DUNNING For me, backpacking and dogs go together like wool socks and hiking boots: It just makes sense to put ‘em together. A dog makes an ideal hiking partner because they’re curious, full of energy and happy to follow you anywhere you want to go. And they love all the extra exercise they’re […]

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