Backpackers need more than couple of plastic bottles full of water to get from start to finish; you simply can’t carry enough water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning, all on their backs at once. Well, you could i guess –… Read More »How to choose a water system for backpacking
Prepping for a backpacking trip, especially your first, takes a lot of research. From selecting gear to learning about the trail you’ve chosen, you’ll spend more time on your phone or laptop than you realize. One question that inevitably comes… Read More »How long does backpacking fuel last?
After a recent backpacking trip, my tent was pretty dirty. Even worse, I left it in the stuff sack for weeks without opening it up to air it out. That meant the tent developed a lot of nasty-looking stains and… Read More »Can you put a tent in the washing machine?
I’m afraid of bears. There are a lot of people who would thoroughly enjoy a far-off bear encounter, but I’m not one of those people. When I’m backpacking, I carry bear spray, because I am 0% interested in making either… Read More »The Best Bear Spray for Backpackers, Hunters, and More in 2024
As someone with both large and wide feet, I know the struggle of researching a great pair of trail running shoes or hiking boots without ever knowing if they’ll actually fit. Columbia is one of the most popular brands of… Read More »Do Columbia Shoes Run Big or Small?
Bear canisters are the top choice of backpackers, hunters, and park rangers when it comes to food storage in bear country. If there’s no metal food locker around, a bear canister is what you need. This guide will cover bear… Read More »Bear canisters: everything you need to know
Perhaps the most important part of your sleep system is your sleeping pad. Sleeping bags are crucial, yes, but they do very little in terms of padding or comfort against the ground. They will also fail to keep you warm… Read More »Backpackers, get a second sleeping pad -you won’t regret it
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
Backpacking is a gateway to many adventures, including encountering bears, which can be a thrilling and awe-inspiring experience, but also a potentially dangerous one. Bear safety is crucial for both humans and the well-being of bears and their habitat. One… Read More »Bear hangs: what are they, and should you use one?
Backpacking is a type of camping; the main distinguishing aspect of backpacking is that, rather than driving to a campsite, backpackers load all of their gear and food into a backpack and hike to their campsites. Backpacking is a great… Read More »What is Backpacking? A simple, straightforward definition