Backpackers, guides, and websites like this one like to make a big stink about all the different terms and concepts invented to describe what we do. Base weight, worn weight, sleep system, the list goes on… all terms invented to… Read More »What are the Big 3 items in backpacking? What to know
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I love the outdoors, almost as much as it feels like the outdoors can sometimes hate me. Whether it's day hikes, backpacking trips, or a cold drink at a campground, that's where I want to be. I've hiked on three different continents, and I'm excited to share all the things I learn with others. I'm also very, very afraid of bears.
Thinking about heading to Mackinac island to enjoy a city without cars? Try some whitefish dip and finish it off with some fresh fudge? Before you book your ferry tickets and find the best hotel on Mackinac Island, read this… Read More »What’s the Best Time to Visit Mackinac Island? (2022 Update)
If you’re anything like me, the prospect of seeing bears on your next backpacking trip is as exciting as it is terrifying. I love nature, but I also love being alive. Getting too close to a bear, without being prepared,… Read More »Do Air Horns Deter Bears? Alternative Bear Safety
Are you going on a long backpacking trip and want to avoid poison ivy, or already have a burning poison ivy rash and are not sure how to treat it in the middle of your trip? Or, do you already… Read More »How to Treat Poison Ivy when Backpacking
Backpacking is incredible exercise and an incredible way to connect with nature. But, backpacking isn’t exactly easy, at least not without a little bit of physical training and mental prep. The mental prep is what this article is all about… Read More »Backpacking skills: what you should know before a backpacking trip
Base weight, a term that describes the total weight of your backpacking gear, minus food and water, is an important measurement. It can tell you whether or not you’ve packed too much, and it can help you avoid injuries or… Read More »How to measure base weight for backpacking
Spend any time looking at backpacking gear, forums, or social media accounts, and you’re bound to run into that term at least a few times. But, what is ultralight backpacking, and is it worth achieving? That’s what this article aims… Read More »Is Ultralight Backpacking Worth It?
If you’ve taken a recent interest in hiking and backpacking, you may have seen the term “thru-hiking” used before. Thru-hikes are a subcategory of backpacking – long-distance backpacking trips that cover hundreds, if not thousands, of miles. Get the low-down… Read More »What is thru-hiking? What it is, and why you should try it
Yes. Just to avoid any ambiguity, the answer is yes – backpacking is very safe, and, in many ways, it’s safer than living in a big city. While there are still a bunch of different ways to get yourself injured… Read More »Is Backpacking Safe? What the Numbers Say