Buying a sleeping bag is, for some reason, harder than it should be. There are dozens of sleeping bags at any one outdoor store, and they all seem simultaneously different and the same. One of the main ways you’ll eventually… Read More »Sleeping bag temperature ratings, explained
Backpacking is a wonderful way to get in touch with yourself and with nature, but it’s not exactly a walk in the park… Even though that’s exactly what it is. Anyway, this guide aims to teach new backpackers how to… Read More »Backpacking fitness: How to train for backpacking
I’ll get right to the answer on this one before going into detail: no, you really don’t need strong arms for backpacking, although they do help a lot. Strength doesn’t play a huge role in backpacking unless the trail demands… Read More »Do you need strong arms for backpacking?
Hammock camping is a popular and efficient way to sleep outside. Your gear is lighter, setup is quicker, and in some situations, hammock camping has fewer effects on the environment than tent camping. But, just because this style of camping… Read More »Don’t make these two hammock camping mistakes (I made them, it sucked)
Planning your next hiking or backpacking trip? Searching through the National Parks App or other hiking apps will open your eyes to some fantastic trails- many of them 40+ miles long. That’ll likely leave you wondering how many miles you… Read More »How Many Miles Can I Hike in a Day?
When you look up “camping” on Pinterest, you typically see a bunch of aesthetically pleasing domed tents and sleeping bags, with a campfire nearby. But camping in a tent is not the only way to camp, and it might not… Read More »Hammock Camping: Everything You Need to Know
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
On the far outside, these two terms don’t seem to have that much that separates them. But, once you start learning about outdoor pursuits and trying to choose trails for your next trip, the differences between backpacking and mountaineering become… Read More »Backpacking vs mountaineering: what’s the difference?
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
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