How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Hiking

How to Prevent and Treat Blisters While Hiking

One of the most common problems hikers and backpackers experience are blisters. They may be small, but they can easily be painful enough to end your trip. We put together this guide to help teach you how to prevent blisters entirely, to learn how to treat them, and to provide general foot care tips to keep your tootsies happy and healthy on the trail.

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North Coast Route Backpacking Guide - Olympic National Park

North Coast Route Backpacking Guide - Olympic National Park

The North Coast section of Olympic National Park - from Shi Shi Beach to Rialto Beach - is not your ordinary walk on the beach. This route features some of the most rugged and isolated coastal landscapes in the country. From tidepools full of life to sea stacks miles out in the ocean, every headland you round offers another breathtaking view.

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NEMO Hornet 2P Tent Review (2019)

NEMO Hornet 2P Tent Review (2019)

The NEMO Hornet 2P is a great option for solo ultralight backpackers who like having a little extra space at camp. We liked the previous version of this tent, and NEMO has made some really great design improvements this year. The 2019 Hornet offers more headroom and corner struts in the foot for easier setup without adding any weight. You can find the Hornet on our list of the 10 Best Backpacking Tents.

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REI Kingdom 6 Tent Review

REI Kingdom 6 Tent Review

REI’s Kingdom Series was created for families and groups whose priority is space, comfort, weather protection, and livability while camping. The Kingdom 6 feels huge and sturdy in camp, but packs down small for your car and storage at home. REI Kingdom Tents are our top all-around luxury choice on our list of the 10 Best Camping Tents.

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REI Grand Hut 4 Tent Review

REI Grand Hut 4 Tent Review

REI Co-op designed the affordable, yet high-quality Grand Hut 4 and Grand Hut 6 to make camping comfortable while keeping nasty weather out. The Grand Hut has lots of headroom and will allow you to fully stand up inside, but it also comes in a compact, easy-to-pitch package. We like the Grand Hut so much and think it offers such great value, we put it on our list of the 10 Best Camping Tents on the market.

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System Review

Jetboil Flash Cooking System Review

Among integrated canister stoves, the Jetboil Flash is one of the most affordable and dependable options. The Flash is a solid budget buy with lots of nice extra features that make it very attractive for backpacking and camping trips. The Jetboil Flash is our top pick for integrated canister stoves on our 10 Best Backpacking Stoves list.

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REI Co-op Magma 15 & 30 Sleeping Bag Review

REI Co-op Magma 15 & 30 Sleeping Bag Review

The REI Co-op Magma 15 and Magma 30 sleeping bags are some of our favorite in terms of quality for money. These bags are ultralight, ultra comfy, and much easier on your wallet than most bags with similar specs. Last season’s Magma bags made our top picks list, and these new bags are also at the very top of our 10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Quilts list.

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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol vs. NEMO Switchback Review

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol vs. NEMO Switchback Review

Closed-cell foam sleeping pads are a popular option among thru-hikers and lightweight backpackers on a budget, and the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol has dominated that market for many years with very little competition. New in 2019, the NEMO Switchback offers some long overdue updates. We were curious to see how the two matched up, so we tested them side by side to determine a winner.

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Ultimate Backpacking Checklist

Ultimate Backpacking Checklist

After years of honing our backpacking gear to find the balance of weight, comfort, and preparedness, these are the items you’ll find in our backpacks. We put together this Ultimate Backpacking Checklist to help you organize your gear so you have everything you need - nothing more and nothing less.

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Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated Sleeping Pad Review

Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated Sleeping Pad Review

New in 2019, the Ether Light XT Insulated is their lightest and thickest insulated sleeping pad yet. This new model incorporates the comfortable “air sprung cells” we love from their other pads with a lofty 4-inch thickness to prevent bottoming out. With an r-value of 3.8 and a durable build, the Ether Light will be a great fit for most 3-season backpacking trips.

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35 New and Exciting Products From Outdoor Retailer 2019

35 New and Exciting Products From Outdoor Retailer 2019

The CleverHiker team spent last week walking the halls of Outdoor Retailer in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new gear coming to the backpacking world in 2020. Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gear conferences in the world and last week we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our favorite companies to get a sneak peek at their upcoming innovations.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Junction Backpack Launch

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Junction Backpack Launch

On Friday, June 21st, Hyperlite Mountain Gear just released a new ultralight backpack to their line and they’re calling it the Junction. The Junction features an almost identical setup to the excellent Southwest and Windrider backpacks, but has a versatile pocket configuration that will allow for ventilation and visibility in the front mesh pocket, and durability and privacy in the side pockets.

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NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad Review

NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad Review

For years, the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad has been the industry leader foam pad with very little competition, but the NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad brings some long overdue updates to the closed-cell foam pad market. The Switchback features improvements to comfort and packability, and we find it to be superior to other foam pads we’ve tried.

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