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!Read More
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.Read More
Hey Dave, I'm looking to buy the LightHeart Gear Duo tent. Could you elaborate on some the pros and cons you have experienced as well as how it compares with other two person single wall tents?
Short backcountry trips are a fantastic way to reboot your system and cleanse weekly stress. It’s always amazing to me how quickly I feel my body relax when I begin a hike. It often only a few steps before I start to feel the peace of the wilderness wash over me.Read More
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.Read More
Below is an email from a reader I received this week. Den from Berkshire, UK brings up a problem I hear about all the time, so I thought I'd share my response. Also, if you want more info on the hiking boots vs. running shoes debate, check out my article 5 Reasons To Ditch Your Hiking Boots. A big thanks to Den for the great question!Read More
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.Read More
If you’ve spent any time in the woods, you’ve probably made some epic backcountry blunders. I certainly have. In fact, the only reason I’m able to give any “clever” hiking advice is because of all the laughably bad mistakes I’ve made over the years. At one point or another I’ve fallen victim to every one of the blunders listed below (and then some!).Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
Completing a thru-hike will be one of the most profoundly rewarding achievements of your life. You’ll spend months communing with nature, build jaw-dropping endurance, and develop lasting friendships along the way. Mustering up the courage to set out on your first thru-hike just might be the best decisions you ever make.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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!Read More