Best Backpacking Cameras 2018

This post takes the BS & mystery out of finding the right camera. A camera that meets YOUR needs & YOUR budget. And you don't need an expensive camera to take superb backpacking photos. Some of the best lightweight backpacking cameras cost far less than you think. You might already own one! The best backpacking camera [...]

By | 2017-12-22T15:08:04+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Beginners, Camera - Photography, Gear List|108 Comments

Smart and Light Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers

This gear is smarter, lighter and more thoroughly tested than your typical buyer's guide. Enjoy our picks of the best light and practical gear in our 2018 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from smaller manufacturer and cottage gear you may not know about—gear that's innovative and lighter—near and dear to our lightweight/practical philosophy. And [...]

By | 2018-01-03T23:42:14+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Gear List, Recommended Gear|11 Comments

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|12 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

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

9 Pound Full Comfort Lightweight Backpacking Gear Checklist

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 Checklist. This Lightweight Backpacking Gear  Checklist is suitable for most backpackers on most 3-season trips in the lower 48 and [...]

By | 2018-01-03T23:41:31+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Beginners, Gear List|91 Comments

Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers – Expensive Gifts

This gear is smarter, lighter and more thoroughly tested than your typical buyer's guide. Enjoy our picks of the best light and practical gear in our 2018 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from smaller manufacturer and cottage gear you may not know about—gear that's innovative and lighter—near and dear to our lightweight/practical philosophy. And [...]

By | 2017-11-22T01:02:36+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Gear List|0 Comments

Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers – Mid-Range Gifts

This gear is smarter, lighter and more thoroughly tested than your typical buyer's guide. Enjoy our picks of the best light and practical gear in our 2018 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from smaller manufacturer and cottage gear you may not know about—gear that's innovative and lighter—near and dear to our lightweight/practical philosophy. And [...]

By | 2018-01-03T23:44:05+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Gear List|0 Comments

Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers – Inexpensive Gifts

This gear is smarter, lighter and more thoroughly tested than your typical buyer's guide. Enjoy our picks of the best light and practical gear in our 2018 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from smaller manufacturer and cottage gear you may not know about—gear that's innovative and lighter—near and dear to our lightweight/practical philosophy. And [...]

By | 2017-12-18T16:03:55+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Gear List|4 Comments

Torres del Paine W Trek and Circuit Trek – Quick and Easy Guide to Essential Trip Planning

We believe this is the best guide to the Torres del Paine W Trek and Circuit Treks, in-print or online. This guide was inspired by Alison and I finding a scarcity of accurate and up-to-date information on how to plan for hiking Torres del Paine. In fact mainstream, supposedly reputable materials about the trek were missing essential information, out-of-date, or plain wrong. Here is the the information you need to plan a great W Trek or Circuit Trek in Torres Del Paine

By | 2018-01-17T23:45:43+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Backpacks, Gear List, Trip Guides|261 Comments