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|15 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|19 Comments

Why Would a Man Wear a Hiking Skirt?

I’ve wanted to wear a skirt for a while. My wife will back me up on this, but not for the reasons you think. And to be clear, I have Scottish blood (clan Dixon) so I get to wear a kilt which is pretty much a skirt. But the main reason I wanted to wear a hiking skirt...

By | November 14th, 2016|Clothing, Skills|7 Comments

Best Satellite Messenger inReach vs SPOT?

This year we had a local backpacker freeze to death. They'd likely be alive today if they had brought a Satellite Messenger and activated its emergency signal (by the time they were reported missing and the search crews went out, they had frozen to death overnight). Of course, there are many other good reasons to carry a [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Emergency & SOS, Recommended Gear, Skills|17 Comments

Why You Should Make a Trip Plan and Leave it with Someone for Every Trip

Most people know about Aron Ralston of “127 hours,” who cut his arm off to save his life. A major take-away from this was that he should have left a Trip Plan with a friend. Something as simple as a short note saying where he was going and what to do if he wasn't back on time would [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Beginners, Electronics, Skills|2 Comments

Why You Won’t Freeze or Starve Ultralight Backpacking

It’s a myth that ultralight backpacking makes you cold, wet and hungry. It doesn’t. In fact, I’ll wager that with my 5 pounds of ultralight gear I’m more comfortable, sleep better, and eat better than many campers carrying 20 to 30 pounds of conventional/heavier backpacking gear. Here are 3 Reasons why You Won’t Freeze or Starve UltraLight .

By | July 26th, 2016|Beginners, Skills|8 Comments

Non-technical Canyon Backpacking in Utah – a how to guide for getting started

Ready for something stunningly beautiful and completely different but still safe and easy—a change in pace from your regular backpacking? Consider non-technical canyon backpacking in Utah. Gems like Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, the Zion Narrows, or Grand Gulch are just few of the big name canyons for starters. The list of equally superb but lesser known canyons [...]

By | June 19th, 2016|Beginners, canyoneering, Skills|0 Comments

Nutritious Backpacking Meal Recipes

These tasty and nutritious backpacking meal recipes are healthier, have more calories and cost less than commercial, freeze dried backpacking meals. Keep it simple — there are enough nutritious backpacking meal recipes here to provide sufficient daily variety to keep meals fun and interesting. But there aren't so many recipes that I spend too much time buying ingredients and assembling a large meal inventory.

By | June 13th, 2016|Backpacking Food, Beginners, Skills|7 Comments

10 Pound Backpack to Hike 100 Miles

That's the total weight of everything in my backpack—gear, food, water, and stove fuel to hike 102 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park in 3 days. No fair weather hiking: with rain, sleet, light snow and hard freezes at night. I think I am very close to dialing in a Light Pack that is also supremely efficient at covering long trail miles.

By | April 17th, 2016|Hammocks, Skills, Trip Reports|18 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 10th, 2016|Backpacking Food, Hydration, Skills|22 Comments