Recent Posts on Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking

Cheap Lightweight Backpacking Gear

A $10 down vest that looks eerily similar to a $250 Patagonia vest? A $20 down quilt? Hard to believe. These are just the first two items in this post on Cheap Lightweight Backpacking Gear. Other great values [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Cheap Gear|10 Comments

The Point and Shoot Camera is Dead for Hikers

This post answers two questions. First, why is point and shoot camera is dead for hikers? And second, what are the best cameras for hiking now that the point and shoot camera...

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Camera - Photography|13 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|Categories: Clothing, Skills|7 Comments

Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent Review

Used without the inner-nest, the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent deserves a serious look as an innovative, 2-PERSON pyramid shelter. But if you frequently use the outer shelter and inner-nest together, you might consider [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Tents Tarps Shelters|6 Comments

Southern Sierra High Route – an alternative to the JMT

The Southern Sierra High Route (SoSHR) is a superb alternative to the JMT for the adventurous traveler. Compared to the John Muir Trail (JMT), the SoSHR is higher and more remote. It avoids the JMT crowds, the landscape is more spectacular, and the travel more challenging. The increased solitude of the SoSHR intensifies your high-country experience.

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Trip Guides|0 Comments

Low Carbon Appalachian Trail Section Hike via Train – Harpers Ferry WV to Harrisburg PA

Take the train to the AT—low carbon, low stress. No car, no complicated shuttles. Just great hiking! This AT section hike has it all—an ideal blend of natural beauty, history, small towns, great local parks, and meeting [...]

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Beginners, Trip Guides, Trip Reports|15 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 [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Emergency & SOS, Recommended Gear, Skills|32 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 2016 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: 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 2016 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: 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 2016 Smart Gift Guide for Hikers and Backpackers. There's cool gear from [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Gear List|0 Comments