Reflection Canyon Backpacking Guide

Reflection Canyon Backpacking Guide

A place made iconic by a National Geographic photographer (and subsequently a screen saver), Reflection Canyon, located on the Escalante arm of Lake Powell, perennially entices hikers far and wide. Though stunningly beautiful, we only recommend this hike to experienced backpackers with expert off-trail navigation skills.

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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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Zion Narrows Top Down Backpacking Guide

Zion Narrows Top Down Backpacking Guide

One of the nation’s deepest and longest slot canyons, The Narrows is the consummate epic adventure. Sheer walls of sandstone reach thousands of feet above the North Fork of the Virgin River, framing blue slivers of sky while lush hanging gardens pulsate from the canyon walls.

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How To Wash A Rain Jacket and Pants

How To Wash A Rain Jacket and Pants

Most backpackers and hikers don’t wash their rain gear nearly enough, if ever. This leads to wetting out and hikers may even buy new rain gear because they think their old shells are worn out. Washing and retreating your rain jackets and pants is a surprisingly simple task. 

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Teton Crest Trail Backpacking Guide

Teton Crest Trail Backpacking Guide

The Teton Crest Trail is a 40-mile high route that traverses ridges offering spectacular wide-angle views of towering granite peaks, glacier-carved canyons, crystalline lakes and wildflower-pocked meadows. It's truly one of our nation's most scenic and iconic trails. 

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CleverHiker Gift Guide 2018

CleverHiker Gift Guide 2018

Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. The items listed in our 2018 Gift Guide are can’t miss recommendations for anyone that enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. We have stocking stuffers, mid-range gifts, and big ticket gifts to choose from. So give a gift that gets someone outdoors this year!

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Sawback Trail Backpacking Guide, Banff National Park

Sawback Trail Backpacking Guide, Banff National Park

The Sawback Trail in Banff National Park is a 74 km (46 mile) traverse through the rugged and beautiful Sawback Mountain Range. With most people flocking to crowded trails on the west side of the Trans Canada Highway, this trek provides a true backcountry feel in a stunningly beautiful wilderness. 

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Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Located in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness of Utah and Arizona, this spectacular and unique hike winds through one of the deepest and longest slot canyons in the world: Buckskin Gulch. Wavy sandstone walls twist their way to the sky for nearly thirteen miles, creating surreal patterns of light and sound. Buckskin Gulch is truly an amazing place, and visitors are sure to appreciate it’s stunning beauty.

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent Review

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 is one of our all-time favorite backpacking tents and one of Big Agnes’ best selling designs. The Copper Spur strikes an excellent balance between weight, livability, convenience, and weather protection. It’s an excellent choice for backpackers wanting to keep their packs light without giving up convenience and comfort.

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Sierra Designs Nitro UL 20 Sleeping Bag Review

Sierra Designs Nitro UL 20 Sleeping Bag Review

Sierra Designs just launched their new Nitro UL 20 Sleeping Bag (available in 0°F, 20°F, 35°F, Women's 0°F, and Women's 20°F models) and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a pre-launch model to test it out. We've been using the Nitro UL 20 for a few weeks now and we think it's a solid offering in the sleeping bag world.

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Skyline Trail Backpacking Guide, Jasper National Park

Skyline Trail Backpacking Guide, Jasper National Park

The Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park is a spectacular backpacking destination in the Canadian Rockies. Of the 44 kilometers of trail, nearly two thirds is above treeline with sweeping mountain views in all directions, beautiful glacial lakes, and wind-swept ridges.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Backpack Review

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest is one of our all-time favorite lightweight backpacks. We’ve been hiking with HMG packs since 2013, and we love their unique blend of ultralight toughness. Year after year, we find ourselves choosing HMG packs for our wilderness adventures. Here’s a closer look at the HMG 2400 Southwest to explain why.

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Lake O'Hara Hiking and Camping Guide

Lake O'Hara Hiking and Camping Guide

If we had to choose one location to illustrate the immense beauty of the Canadian Rockies, the Lake O'Hara backcountry would be the place. Eighty kilometers of well-maintained trails wind through this breathtaking alpine wilderness filled with turquoise lakes, stunning meadows, and expansive views.

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