Backpacking gear is expensive. It’s no secret that more expensive gear usually means lower weight, higher quality, and a better warranty, but we’ve found some pretty competitive alternatives to the pricier gear. We compiled this list of our favorite tips for backpacking on a budget, many of which don’t require any spending at all.Read More
One piece of gear has recently revolutionized navigation in the backcountry and it’s right there in your very pocket. Your smartphone can easily double as an excellent wilderness GPS device. This guide will teach you how to stay safe and found on your next trip.Read More
Hiking in the desert is often seen as drab when compared to majestic alpine meadows. However, we have fallen deeply in love with the vast beauty and intriguing surprises found in these often-overlooked places. We put together this guide to help you plan a safe and enjoyable desert adventure!Read More
You’ve packed a can of bear spray and are heading off to your favorite wildlife-populated backcountry. But somewhere in the back of your head, you’re wondering…if I have to use this, does this stuff really work?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Washing a down sleeping bag is actually surprisingly simple. Don’t let your trusty down sleeping bag get ruined with grit and grime from the trail. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to revitalize and refresh your sleep sack.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
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
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 tripRead More