Learning to practice leave no trace backpacking is one of the most important skills any backpacker can learn. Doing it right will minimize impact to the environment and leave pristine wilderness areas for decades to come.Read More
If you’re uncomfortable while you hike, you probably won’t enjoy backpacking very much and you certainly won’t be excited for your next trip. So take the time to choose a backpack that will fit you well. You’ll probably have your backpack for years and it will be one of the most important pieces of equipment you own.
In this episode we go over the most important aspects of finding and fitting the right backpack.
When you’re on the trail, your backpack will carry everything that you need to sustain yourself for days or even weeks in the wilderness. How you pack all those items on a daily basis is going to be important for efficiency and enjoyment.Read More
Choosing great campsites will leads to incredibly memorable trips, but it’s not as simple as just throwing a tent down on a flat piece of dirt.
If you choose your campsite poorly and you could damage wilderness areas, expose yourself to wind & cold temperatures, or even wake up with two inches of standing water in the bottom of your shelter.Read More
Most backpackers plan their trips on well-established trails. Navigating this type of backcountry trip often as straightforward as following one trail to the next. Still, complications can arise even on the simplest backcountry trips, so it always makes sense to be prepared.Read More
No matter how simple your route may be, understanding how to use basic navigation equipment is a crucial skill for any backpacking adventure. A map and compass can keep you from getting lost or help you find your way again, and they’ll allow you to explore rarely traveled backcountry areas safely.Read More
Storing your food properly at night is not just a skill that’s good for you, it’s also good for the wildlife around you. If you keep your food safe, you won’t go hungry, and you’ll also prevent scavenging animals from getting an easy meal. When large animals become pests, they are often relocated or killed, and nobody wants that.Read More
Backpacking in the rain isn’t everyone’s idea of a fantastic time in the woods. It’s going to be wet, cold, and visibility will be greatly reduced. If you’re not properly prepared, backpacking in the rain can be all-out miserable. But if you’re ready for it, backpacking in the rain can actually be a lot of fun.Read More
For many backpackers, bears are at the top of their mind while they’re in the wilderness. Bears are the animals that we want to see the most while we’re backpacking, but they’re also the animals that we’re most afraid of.Read More
If you spend enough time in the backcountry, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with fording a river to continue along a trek. Knowing how to cross safely will be incredibly important, especially considering that you may be days away from any help.Read More
Even if you’re not planning a winter backcountry trip, you may still have to deal with crossing snowfields on the trail. Learn proper ice axe self-arrest techniques and make sure to carry the right gear.Read More
In the wilderness, your knife is a very important tool and knowing how to use it properly could save your life. Know the different types of knives out there and learn what will work best for you.Read More
Insects like ticks and mosquitoes can be carriers of viruses and diseases, so it’s best to avoid them and protect your skin whenever possible. Poisonous plants are another annoyance that can cause a lot of pain and should be avoided at all costs.Read More