It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and, if you’re like me, you’re probably scrambling to figure out what to get everyone on your list. If you have a hiker or outdoors lover on your holiday list this season, don’t worry! I’m about to help you find 30 great outdoor gift […]
As a new hiker, we’re usually focused on gear, weight, colors, technical specs, etc. Some of the broader concepts tend to get lost in the details. Such as, “Hey, what will I do if I get a big infected blister?”. That’s when it hits you – you forgot to pay attention to your hiking first […]
Your outdoor shelter / backpacking tent is the most important purchase you can make before a trip, it is the difference between life and death.From my experience, nothing beats using a tent. It is a versatile shelter, making it easy to setup and easy to carry.Tents have saved me from hypothermia when caught in a […]
Sleeping bags can be one of the most expensive pieces of backpacking equipment you’ll have to purchase. What’s worse is that you’ll probably have to buy more than one of them. Why? Because you’ll want one that’s right for every temperature range you might be hiking in.Because most of us are on a budget, it’s […]
Updated November 2019Best Backpacking Shovels & Trowels [2019 Buyer’s Guide] 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 […]
Hammocks are an awesome summer accessory that many of us never look at as an option for backpacking. I hadn’t even heard of them as backpacking shelters until the Trail Days celebration back in 2009 or so. That’s when I bought my first backpacking hammock!
Updated December 2020When 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 […]
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 […]