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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30 Great Deals in REI's Anniversary Sale

30 Great Deals in REI's Anniversary Sale

Gear Nerds Rejoice! REI’s biggest sale of the year is upon us. Running from May 17th-27th, REI’s Anniversary Sale includes deeps discounts on some of our favorite backpacking, camping, and hiking gear. In addition to sale items, REI members also receive 20% off one full-priced item and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with coupon code ANNV19.

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16 Great Ways to Use Your REI 20% Off Coupon

16 Great Ways to Use Your REI 20% Off Coupon

It’s Member Rewards time at REI! That means, if you’re an REI member, you’ve just received 10% of your annual purchases back in one lump sum dividend. To sweeten the deal, from 3/22 to 4/8 REI Members save 20% on one full-price item and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with coupon code MEMPERK2019.

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How to Use your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking

How to Use your Phone as a GPS Device for Backpacking

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.

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10 Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

10 Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is aptly named after the tree-like succulents with stemless pointed leaves that only grow in a small swath of the Mojave Desert in California. In this article we outline our favorite hikes in the park, as well as all the information you’ll need to plan your adventure to Joshua Tree.

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John Muir Trail Gear List: What to Pack

John Muir Trail Gear List: What to Pack

The John Muir Trail is one of the most spectacular stretches of trail in the world. One of the most important considerations for those hiking the JMT is determining what gear to bring. In this guide, we’ll help you channel your inner thru-hiker in order to minimize your gear weight and maximize your enjoyment on the trail.

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A Complete Guide to Hiking the John Muir Trail

A Complete Guide to Hiking the John Muir Trail

Planning for your thru-hike of the JMT can be a daunting and overwhelming task - not to mention the difficulty in procuring one of the coveted permits. In this guide we hope to break down every detail you'll need to begin preparing for what will surely be an adventure of a lifetime.

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Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop Backpacking Guide - Death Valley NP

Cottonwood-Marble Canyon Loop Backpacking Guide - Death Valley NP

Still very much a backpacking frontier, Death Valley National Park, at 3.4 million acres, is the largest national park in the US south of Alaska. Popular with desert-loving backpackers, this long and challenging hike is one of the few loop trails in Death Valley National Park. The route is undeniably beautiful, though a bit tricky to follow at times.

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Half Dome Hiking Guide - Yosemite National Park

Half Dome Hiking Guide - Yosemite National Park

Standing 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley, Half Dome is without a doubt a US National Park icon. The route to the summit traverses some of the park’s most popular and spectacular hiking trails. The most exhilarating part of the hike — hauling yourself up the cables to the summit of Half Dome — is a challenge you won’t soon forget. The ultimate reward for all your hard work is one of the best views in Yosemite Valley.

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10 Best Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

10 Best Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

With over 700 miles of trails winding through Glacier National Park, it can be hard to choose what areas you want to explore. The good news? You can’t go wrong in Glacier. With towering peaks, glistening turquoise lakes, wonderful wildlife sightings, and the possibility to get up close to a glacier, your options are endless.

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Steens Mountain Backpacking Guide - Southeastern Oregon

Steens Mountain Backpacking Guide - Southeastern Oregon

As you head toward the southeast corner of Oregon a panorama of raw wilderness stretches across the horizon, beckoning solitude seekers. The Steens Mountain monolith  runs nearly 60 miles from northeast to southwest and 18 miles across, with its summit sitting at nearly 9,733 feet.

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Henry's Fork Lake Loop - Uintas Backpacking Guide

Henry's Fork Lake Loop - Uintas Backpacking Guide

This loop explores a gorgeous alpine mountain basin with every enticement you dream of — misty mountain meadows, tall pines, small lakes and winding streams that tie it all together. And if that weren’t enough, the whole scene is framed by a massive mountain range with Kings Peak at its head.

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25 Great Deals at REI's Labor Day Sale

25 Great Deals at REI's Labor Day Sale

One of REI’s biggest sales of the year, the Labor Day Sale is happening  August 24 - September 3rd and includes some of our favorite backpacking, hiking, and camping gear. In addition to deep discounts, REI members also receive an extra 20% off one outlet item with coupon code: EXTRA20.


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17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

17 Exciting New Backpacking Products from Outdoor Retailer

We spent this week walking around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, drooling over all the awesome new gear coming to the backpacking world in 2019. Outdoor Retailer is one of the largest gear conferences in the world and this 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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Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide - High Uintas

Amethyst Basin Backpacking Guide  - High Uintas

Moderately challenging, this hike takes you up to a high alpine lake with gorgeous campsites options. The trail follows the Stillwater and Ostler Forks of the Bear River as it ascends about 2050 feet, passing beautiful waterfalls along the way, to a stunning cirque basin.

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Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

 Loowit Trail Loop - Mount St. Helens Backpacking Guide

Similar to Rainer’s Wonderland Trail, Adam’s Round-the-Mountain Trail and Hood's Timberline Trail, the Loowit Trail around Mount St. Helens is nothing short of spectacular. If you enjoy solitude, navigation challenges, eye-popping vistas, and fascinating geology, consider adding the Loowit Trail to your list. 

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