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
Truth be told, camping or backpacking in bear country isn’t that different from camping and backpacking anywhere else. There are a few things you need to do, be aware of, and remember, though – and that’s why I put together… Read More »11 Tips for Camping in Bear Country
One of the biggest challenges before a backpacking trip is selecting a backpack that actually works for you. Planning a trip longer than 3 days means you’re going to need more than just the bare essentials- plus lots of extra… Read More »Backpacking Basics: What Size Pack for a 5-Day Trip?
Backpacking and hiking are amazing ways to spend time and connect with nature, but nobody said it was easy. In fact, the difficulty of many trails is precisely what’s appealing about them. This means, however, your body needs to be… Read More »12 off-trail exercises for Backpacking: Get in shape for your trip
Heading out into the wilderness is exciting, inspiring, and sometimes terrifying. While seeing a bear from a distance is a magical part of any hike, having one charge you is anything but. If you ever find yourself in this situation,… Read More »Does Pepper Spray Work On Bears?
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?