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5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

The lightest gear that's supremely efficient and safe! Whatever you like to do: enjoying great views, photography, swimming in a lake, fishing, getting some extra camp time, or just putting in some trail miles this efficiency focused, 5 Pound Practical Lightweight Backpacking Gear List will give you more time to do it.

By | 2017-08-22T20:41:21+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Beginners, Gear List|7 Comments

Why Wilderness First Aid Matters and How to Take a Course

Knowing what to do in a medical emergency in the wilderness can make all the difference to someone in need. That someone might even be you! I was reminded of this as I refreshed my Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification this past weekend. In fact, just a few years back I used my Wilderness First Aid skills [...]

By | 2017-08-20T19:12:19+00:00 August 20th, 2017|First Aid - Wilderness Medicine, Skills|2 Comments

3 lb Ultralight Day Hiking Checklist – stay safe, be light, have fun!

Day hiking is supposed to be fun. And part of the fun is a light pack for easy walking. Unfortunately, most day hiking checklists are way too heavy. If you add up the weight of their suggested gear, your "daypack" may approach the weight of a backpack for a multi-day trip in the backcountry. But [...]

By | 2017-08-06T00:26:20+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Gear List, Skills|4 Comments

7 Reasons Why Hammock Camping is Fantastic – How To Get Started

For much of the US hammock camping is fantastic & arguably the best way to sleep in the backcountry. This is true anywhere with trees—nearly all of the eastern US & much of the Mountain West.  As such, hammocks are a key element of our 9-lb Full Comfort Gear List. In addition, this post contains Our [...]

By | 2017-07-24T02:09:56+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Hammocks, Skills|3 Comments

13 Essentials for the Modern Hiker – A Realistic “10 Essentials”

This article proposes a more realistic 13 Essentials that will better keep the modern hiker safe. This is because the Classic 10 Essentials (first proposed in the 1930's) need an update for the 21st Century given the realities of a modern day hiker. First, a major conceptual trap of the traditional 10 Essentials is that they are all gear. I would [...]

By | 2017-08-02T23:05:41+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Beginners, Gear List, Skills, Uncategorized|16 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 the trail with a spring in your step. Just as important are foods (and meals) that can be quickly prepared. My [...]

By | 2017-05-25T12:52:46+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Backpacking Food, Beginners|53 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 | 2017-05-22T21:40:47+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Navigation, Uncategorized|13 Comments

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 | 2017-05-31T19:01:47+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Cheap Gear, Recommended Gear|4 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 weighs just over a pound and can cost as little as $150, far less than $460 for a +20°F sleeping [...]

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 | 2017-04-27T19:18:26+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Backpacking Food, Hydration, Skills|31 Comments