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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|canyoneering, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|9 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|Clothing, Skills|2 Comments

Efficient Backpacking Tips – Easily Increase Mileage & Fun

Any hiker can use these Efficient Backpacking Tips to get more time to do what they love best outdoors. Whether it's covering more miles, extra time to enjoy the views, take photographs, fish, get some extra swimming in a lake or even (gasp!) a mid-afternoon nap.

By | March 7th, 2017|Beginners, Clothing, Skills|8 Comments

Quick and Efficient Training for Backpacking and Hiking

We use this common sense, 2-day-a-week training program to prepare for hiking 30+ mile days on the AT. We also used it to do the "the toughest long distance trek in Europe," the GR20 in Corsica, in ½ the normal time. But this training also works great for shorter and less intense trips.

By | February 8th, 2017|Skills|17 Comments

Review of Dutchware Chameleon Hammock – Light & Superbly Versatile

One hammock can do it all—and well! The Chameleon, works in all conditions from hot, bug infested jungles to bitter cold winters of the Northeastern US. In the following "Review of Dutchware Chameleon Hammock," I discuss what makes it possibly the best multi-season hammock. The review concludes with a Comparison of the Chameleon Hammock to its nearest Competitors. Overview [...]

By | February 6th, 2017|Hammocks, Recommended Gear|14 Comments

Guide to Colombia’s La Ciudad Perdida Trek (Lost City)

It's like Machu Picchu, but remote and not overrun by tourists. So definitely put La Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City) near the top of your travel list!  La Ciudad Perdida is a vast, ancient city in the jungles of the Sierra Nevada mountains on Colombia's Caribbean coast. It is believed to have been built by the [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Trip Guides, Trip Reports|2 Comments

9 Pound – Full Comfort – Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

A 9 pound pack is all you need to be safe and warm. So, if you want to lower your pack weight but retain all the convenience and comfort of “traditional” backpacking, look no further than this Lightweight Backpacking Gear List This Lightweight Backpacking Gear List is suitable for most backpackers on most 3-season trips in the lower 48 and [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Beginners, Gear List, Recommended Gear|65 Comments

Olympus OM-D EM-5 II Camera Review for backpacking & hiking

Superb zoom lenses & weather resistance set the Olympus OM-D EM-5 II apart as a great backpacking & hiking camera. With the EM-5 II you'll continue taking great pictures in tough environmental conditions that would shut down other cameras. [Picture above is the environmentally sealed Olympus OM-D EM-5 II and 12-40 f/2.8 PRO lens working in the rain-shadow of hurricane Matthew.] Note: This Olympus OM-D [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Camera - Photography|2 Comments

5 Most Important Features for a Backpacking Camera

Alert! as a backpacker you are not well served by mainstream camera reviews like DPReview. That is, the 5 Most Important Features for a Backpacking Camera are quite different than those for a general use camera in mainstream reviews. Here are the major differences. CAMERA WEIGHT - In mainstream reviews, the weight of the camera with a sharp zoom [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Camera - Photography, Skills|22 Comments

Recommended Sleeping Bags & Quilts

At half the cost, a down quilt is best for most backpacking trips.  A 20°F down quilt like this weighs only 19 oz and costs $250 vs. 29 oz and $500 for a similar down sleeping bag. A Down Quilt is an essential part of my 9 Pound - Full Comfort - Lightweight Backpacking Gear List. [Pic in [...]

By | November 26th, 2016|Beginners, Recommended Gear, Sleeping Bags & Quilts|29 Comments