Recent Posts on Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to the REI Sale

The vast inventory at the Big REI Anniversary Sale can be overwhelming. This year I've done a bunch of research to select some of the best lightweight gear at the sale. In particular, I list some good items to use your "Members Save 20% Off One Full Priced Item. Plus Save an Extra 20% Off one Garage Item." Shop early for best selection...

By | May 19th, 2017|Categories: Cheap Gear, Recommended Gear|4 Comments

Best Backpacking Food – simple and nutritious

Keep it simple, nutritious and save weight: I take inexpensive trail foods which are both tasty and nutritious. Specifically, foods that give you calories, protein, good fats, vitamins and other micro nutrients. This keeps you healthy and cruising along [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Backpacking Food, Beginners|37 Comments

Huge Improvements to Next Gen Gaia GPS Hiking App

It's no mystery that Gaia GPS is the best hiking navigation App. But the Next Gen GAIA GPS Hiking App is vastly improved. The new maps are stunningly sharp and legible. It is much faster, and easier to use. And possibly the best feature of Next Gen GAIA GPS is the full line of National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps...

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Navigation, Uncategorized|6 Comments

The Art of Sleeping Warm – A Guide to Sleeping Bags and Quilts

Down quilts are far and away the best sleep value for most backpacking trips. They are half the cost and substantially lighter than sleeping bags. For example, a +20°F down quilt like the one above [...]

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Beginners, Recommended Gear, Sleeping Bags & Quilts|42 Comments

The Best Hydration – Drink When Thirsty

Drink When Thirsty debunks the many myths about hydration and dehydration like "If you are thirsty, it's already too late" and "If your urine is yellow, you are dehydrated." This article suggests that Drink When Thirsty is the best and healthiest strategy for hydration during exercise.

By | April 27th, 2017|Categories: Backpacking Food, Hydration, Skills|27 Comments

Best Backpacking Cameras 2017

The best backpacking camera is the camera you can quickly pull out and shoot. Many superb photos have been taken on iPhones. Being in a beautiful area and taking a photo in the right place at the [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Categories: Beginners, Camera - Photography, Gear List|49 Comments

World’s Newest Long Trail: Cuba’s Ruta de la Revolución

See a Cuba tourists never see. Hike la Ruta de la Revolución trek which follows the historic route of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara that started the Cuban Revolution—from landing in Cuba in a foundering boat to [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Trip Guides, Trip Reports|5 Comments

Top Mistakes Using the Layering System – How to Stay Warmer and Drier

The layering system sounds attractive in theory. But as practiced by most hikers it is seriously flawed. It can be heavy, and expensive. And not used properly it could even make you colder. This article points out the [...]

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Clothing, Skills|9 Comments

A Very Different High Route – Escalante Overland Route

The Escalante Overland Route is arguably the most exciting high route in the lower-48! It is certainly the most beautiful and challenging trip we’ve done. The beauty of its desert canyons and mesas are equal to the best the planet has to offer, Grand Canyon included. Breathtaking...

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: canyoneering, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|10 Comments

Best Ways to Protect Yourself from Lyme and Zika While Hiking

2017 is forecast to be the worst year for tick/Lyme disease. But don't let fear of Lyme or Zika keep you off the trail! This article has tips on the clothing, gear, repellents, and techniques that will maximize your protection from Lyme, Zika and other tick/insect diseases...

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Clothing, Skills|6 Comments