How to Poop in the Woods: A Backpacker's Guide

How to Poop in the Woods: A Backpacker's Guide

Sadly, improperly buried human waste (and soiled toilet paper) is by far the most common form of pollution we find in the wilderness. With more than 2 million hikers and backpackers roaming the backcountry at any given time, it’s imperative that we all use a responsible and safe method for pooping in the woods.

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Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Ticks & Hiking: How To Protect Yourself

Few things in the outdoors make people squirm as much as ticks, and for good reason. Besides being carriers of some awful diseases, they’re pretty disgusting to look at and remove, particularly when they're attached and engorged. In this article we'll cover general information on ticks, prevention, removal, and how to best protect yourself. 

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10 Things You Should Bring On Every Day Hike

10 Things You Should Bring On Every Day Hike

Whether you’re day hiking to a favorite waterfall or bagging a difficult summit, carrying the proper equipment is absolutely critical. For first-timers and sage backcountry traveler alike, dialing in essential day hiking gear is an important part of any pre-trip preparations.

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Top 12 Beginner Backpacking Blunders

Top 12 Beginner Backpacking Blunders

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!).

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21 Tips For the First-Time Thru-Hiker

21 Tips For the First-Time Thru-Hiker

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.

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Backcountry Weather Forecasts

Backcountry Weather Forecasts

Checking the weather forecast before heading into the backcountry is a no-brainer. It’s critical to know what Mother Nature has in store for you so you can be properly prepared. But weather.com won't cut it for your backcountry trips.

Wilderness areas don’t have zip codes and nearby cities are often at different elevations with varying weather patters. Using small towns can help you out in a pinch, but there are better ways to get an accurate forecast.

Here are a few quick tips to finding the right weather predictions for your backcountry trip

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