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The 3 best backpacking fishing rods

By Dustin Walker

BY JOHN PELTIER We’re all tempted by it, right? When we go hiking or backpacking we bring everything that will fit in our pack and we’re left carrying what feels like a sack of bricks. And often, it’s all the food that takes up extra weight. Especially if you’re going on a long, multi-day trek. So one […]

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6 Solid Winter Hiking Boots Worthy Of Your Feet

By Dustin Walker

You gotta take care of your feet. There’s absolutely no chance of getting anywhere, on any type of hiking trail if your hooves are hurtin.’ And when it comes to hiking in the winter, it’s essential your feet are nice and snug in a decent pair of boots. But I’m betting you already know all […]

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9 killer camping gadgets for backpackers

By Dustin Walker

(updated on September 19, 2016) Let’s be honest: no one needs any fancy gadgets or high-tech toys to explore the backcountry. You’ll survive fine without a cellphone, radio or UV water filter (iodine tablets work OK, they just make H2O taste like crap). And yet, just about every outdoor adventurer I know is drawn to […]

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The 10 Best Cameras For Backpacking & Hiking (2016)

By Dustin Walker

Updated on March 2, 2016 I don’t care what anyone says: I really do need my DSLR camera when hiking through the backcountry. That’s right, NEED it. If I’m not carrying that thing with me on a backpacking trek, I’ll be fretting over all the killer shots I’ve missed. My tool of choice used to […]

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5 Of the Best Outdoor Adventure Books (and one freebie)

By Dustin Walker

They were just 18, dead-broke and trying to look after a one-year-old baby on the road. No home. No cash. No real plans other than to escape the urban bustle they were used to. I interviewed this smiling couple about five years ago when I was still a newspaper reporter. My article was about rising poverty […]

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A Quick Guide To Free Hiking Maps

By Dustin Walker

Trail maps used to be created by just one company. Maybe even one guy. But in the age of 2.0, that’s all changed. The Net is loaded with free hiking maps that are pieced together by communities of like-minded trekkers. This makes it even easier to scope out sweet trekking spots that are off-the-beaten path. […]

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A backpacking checklist for crazy people

By Dustin Walker

Do you hike trails that make most trekkers cringe? If so, this backpacking checklist might be for you. Whether you’re planning a trek through serious bear country, navigating narrow, cliff-hugging terrain or plowing through a coastal trail during storm season, packing the right gear may help you get out of a tough situation unscathed. If […]

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8 Of The Best Pocket Knives For Backpacking

By Dustin Walker

The sky is growing dark and the air is getting cooler. You’re scrambling to get that tarp up before the wet stuff hits, but just as you press your serrated pocket knife against a stretch of rope the blade starts to wobble. Then the pivot screw pops out and lands in the dirt. You swear. […]

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6 of the best hatchets for backpacking

By Dustin Walker

(updated on July 10, 2016) The moment he shot his friend an awkward glance, I knew the guy had found my axe. “So…. have you see it?” I asked again. A moment’s hesitation: “Yeah.” He pulled out my sleek little Gerber unit and plunged it into a nearby log. I don’t blame him for not […]

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How to enjoy hiking in the rain

By Dustin Walker

Your hike doesn’t have to go sour when grey skies turn black. Not if you’re prepared. A lot of fair-weather trekkers won’t even give the rain a chance. When the heavens open up, they instantly jump on the phone to nix travel plans or back out of wilderness trips that have been in the works […]

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