Dealing with wet gear on a backpacking trip can be a serious challenge, but there’s nothing worse than trying to dry a wet tent. Sometimes you need to pick your battles and load everything up wet, but it’s usually better to wait it out dry everything before heading on. Obviously,… Read More »How To Dry A Wet Backpacking Tent
Cleaning out and sanitizing your water filter is a crucial step before putting it into storage. Think about everything you’re filtering out of the water. It’s filled with bacteria, viruses, protozoa, sediment, and who knows what else. Do you really want to leave all that junk in your filter over… Read More »How To Store, Clean And Sanitize A Water Filter When Not In Use
After having my first child I was itching to get back on the trail. For your own sanity it’s nice to get back into your normal routine after having a baby. My parents love babysitting my son, but I really wanted to find a way to get my son onto… Read More »What Age Can A Baby Go In A Hiking Backpack?
Keeping your food safe from local wildlife can be a real struggle, especially when it comes to bears. You can hang bear bags, and use bear canisters to keep them out of your food, but they’ll still smell their way into camp. Is there anything that can stop a bear… Read More »Can Bears Smell Through Plastic?
More people have started camping/backpacking and that’s creating a serious problem for bears. It’s leading to habituated and food conditioned bears that see humans as an easy source of food. Bears usually aren’t interested in eating people, but they will go after your food stash. So how can you protect… Read More »Bear Canister vs Ursack For Backpacking
One of my biggest pet peeves is watching people buy unnecessary camping gadgets that they’ll never actually carry. I’ve wasted lots of money over the years buying unnecessary junk, but do camping saws fall into that category? Do you need a saw for backpacking? Most people don’t need a saw… Read More »Do You Need A Saw For Backpacking?
Trying to cut weight from your pack is never easy, but I like to start by taking inventory of the heaviest items in my pack. Next to your food/water, your tent is usually at the top of the list. Upgrading to a lightweight backpacking tent can cut a lot of… Read More »How Much Does A Lightweight Tent Weigh?
Harnessing the power of the sun for a little extra charge on the trail seems like a great idea. Sunlights free and chargers are getting cheaper/smaller and more efficient, but do they really work? Are solar chargers worth it for camping and backpacking? Solar panels are great for camping, but… Read More »Are Solar Chargers Worth It For Camping and Backpacking?
As much as I love to cook, I absolutely hate washing dishes while I’m backpacking. Doing dishes in the backcountry can be a serious pain without easy access to running water. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around it, so you’ll have to find a way to clean up. How do backpackers… Read More »How Do Backpackers Wash Their Dishes?
Hikers have been asking the same question for decades. Do you really need to spend the extra money on a pair of dedicated hiking boots/shoes? I’m constantly asked that question and the answer is simple. Most hikers don’t really need hiking boots (until they do). So at what do you… Read More »Why Do You Need To Wear Hiking Boots?