100 Great Gifts For Backpacking, Hiking, & Camping

100 Great Gifts For Backpacking, Hiking, & Camping

Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. The gift ideas listed below are can’t miss recommendations for anyone that enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. So give a gift that gets someone outdoors this year. Give the gift of adventure!

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Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 Backpack Review

Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 Backpack Review

I’m a big fan of the size, style, weight, price, and comfort of the Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 backpack. Throw in the added benefits of the SitLight pad, top zipper pocket, trekking pole holsters, and hydration pouch and you’ve got a truly exceptional ultralight backpack.

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt Review

Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt Review

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt is the best sleeping bag/quilt I’ve ever taken on the trail. If you’re like me and you dislike feeling constricted in tight-fitting ultralight sleeping bags, you should definitely check out the Revelation.

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Trip Report: Mount St. Helens Loop - Ape Canyon to Smith Creek

Trip Report: Mount St. Helens Loop - Ape Canyon to Smith Creek

Earlier this week, Annie and I took a trip to the east side of Mount St. Helens to explore a 28-mile backpacking loop a friend had recommended. We were blown away by how remarkably beautiful, surprisingly diverse, and unexpectedly secluded the route was.

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7 Best Backpacking Tents of 2015

7 Best Backpacking Tents of 2015

I’ve researched and tested hundreds of backpacking tents to narrow down the field to the very best of the best. I’ve heavily factored in weight, cost, interior space, design, storage space, and weather protection into my choices.

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Spikeball Review - Spoiler Alert: It's Awesome

Spikeball Review - Spoiler Alert: It's Awesome

Spikeball is a ridiculously fun beach & park game played with 4 people. It's like a warped version of 2 v. 2 volleyball that's heavy on spikes, drop shots, trickery, and diving around. It's great for players of all skill levels. If you enjoy active outdoor games, you’ll love Spikeball.

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Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief

Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief

On April 25th, Nepal was rocked by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, devastating much of Kathmandu and killing over 6,200 people. It crushes me to see the struggle that Nepal is going through in the aftermath of such a powerful earthquake, especially having experienced their culture first hand. The people of Nepal are incredibly generous and kind. They need help now more than ever, so I'm urging my readers to please support them however you can.  

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Reader Response: Thru-Hiking Shelter Space and Size

Reader Response: Thru-Hiking Shelter Space and Size

I often get fantastic emails from readers with really great questions. I try to answer them to the best of my ability and I frequently wish that others could read my responses. So today I'm trying out a new idea and I'm going to publish a recent reader email. If you like this type of content - please let me know with a "like" or "comment" below. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful notes and questions. You guys rock!

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Oregon Coast Trail Backpacking Guide - Bandon to Port Orford

 Oregon Coast Trail Backpacking Guide - Bandon to Port Orford

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of exploring this beautiful section of the Oregon Coast Trail with one of my best friends. The trip was a spectacular reminder of how rewarding and diverse backpacking can be. James and I were both blown away by the pristine seclusion of this 30-mile stretch of Oregon coast. I highly recommend placing this trip on your Oregon backpacking to-do list. You will not be disappointed. 

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7 Must-Own Backpacking Tools For 2015

7 Must-Own Backpacking Tools For 2015

It's time to start getting pumped up about backpacking season again! For many of us that means dusting off our trail gear to see what upgrades we can make. To help make your job easier this year, I've created a list of can't-miss gear upgrades. Here are seven must-own backpacking tools to boost your comfort while keeping your pack nice and light.

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Woolx Review - Quality Merino Wool Clothing

Woolx Review - Quality Merino Wool Clothing

I recently had the pleasure of testing merino wool products from a company called Woolx based out of upstate New York - So, they know cold. I tested three of their flagship products – their midweight ¼ zip top, their midweight bottoms, and their heavyweight hat – and I must admit, I’m quite impressed with the quality of their work.

 

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Greenbelly Meal Bar Review

Greenbelly Meal Bar Review

Greenbelly is a new company with a mission to make balanced trail nutrition a whole lot easier. Greenbelly has created a meal bar that contains 1/3 of your daily recommended calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sodium, and fiber. Greenbelly bars are all natural, partially organic, contain no artificial preservatives, and it doesn't hurt they're delicious either.

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Sawyer Mini Review - Clean, Cheap, & Light

Sawyer Mini Review - Clean, Cheap, & Light

Sawyer has built a complete game changer with the Sawyer Mini. The ability to drink clean water directly from the source without having to carry a bulky filter or harsh chemicals is ideal for backcountry travelers. The Mini is an effective, small, lightweight, and versatile water filter that retails for under $25. If that doesn’t do it for you, no filter will.  I highly recommend you pick a Sawyer Mini today. You won't be disappointed!

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Three Sisters Loop Backpacking Guide

Three Sisters Loop Backpacking Guide

If you’re the type of backpacker that’s into big views, lush forests, stunning peaks, and craggy volcanic landscapes (and who’s not!), then you’ll absolutely love the 50-Mile Three Sisters Loop. Here’s a quick guide on how to make the most of your trip. 

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