You’re shopping for a new day pack; it’s a perfect fit, feels comfortable, and just big enough to fit your needs without overdoing it. There’s just one problem. It doesn’t come with a hydration pack, but it’s labeled hydration compatible. What does hydration compatible mean? Hydration compatible packs don’t come… Read More »What Does Hydration Compatible Mean?
Ever buy a brand new pair of hiking boots, get them home and they’re not what you’re expecting? Unfortunately, with the rise of online shopping, this has happened more than I’m willing to admit. This just happened to me a couple of weeks ago. The boots felt so comfortable, but… Read More »Why Do Hiking Boots Squeak? Here’s a Simple Fix
There’s just something about camping that brings us closer to nature. Some would say it’s the scenic views, but that’s not what separates the men from the boys. You aren’t a true outdoorsman until you’ve had to squat over a hole and take care of business. Sometimes you just have… Read More »Helping Kids Poop and Pee in The Woods While Hiking and Camping
Growing up, trekking poles never made sense to me. Honestly, I thought they were for hikers that weren’t strong enough to hike on their own. Looking back, I know that I was just young and naive. I just didn’t understand how much trekking poles help on the trail. I didn’t… Read More »How to Use and Adjust Trekking Poles on The Trail
Traveling with your dog is always a fun time, but you need to take special precautions when traveling to high altitude locations. You don’t want to endanger your dog by causing altitude sickness. How do you acclimate a dog to high altitude? Increase elevation slowly to prepare your dog for… Read More »Preparing a Dog For High Altitude Trips
While flipping through an old backpacking magazine I got to a page discussing the benefits of carrying emergency flares. They talked about a bunch of different reasons why you should carry flares in your pack. As somebody who’s never even thought about carrying flares, I started wondering if I was… Read More »Using Emergency Flares For Hiking and Backpacking
Every outdoorsman knows that if you boil water it will kill bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. With great purifying power comes one major downside. It seriously changes the taste of your water. When I first started backpacking this always drove me crazy. For some unknown reason I couldn’t get my water… Read More »How to Make Boiled Water Taste Better In 30 Seconds or Less!
Given enough time out in the elements, tent poles are going to bend. There’s nothing you can do about it. Most tents just aren’t designed to handle severe weather. Once your poles bend your tent loses its structural integrity, starts to flap, wobble and eventually collapse. Once the poles bent,… Read More »How to Straighten a Bent Tent Pole The Easy Way
Every time you head into the wilderness there’s a chance you won’t make it out alive. Who knows what’s going to happen once you leave the comfort of home. There’s just no way to know what’s going to happen on a backpacking trip. Even experienced backpackers occasionally get injured or… Read More »How to Signal For Help on a Backpacking Trip
Backpacking throughout spring, summer, and fall really isn’t all that difficult. You just need to buy the right gear and learn a couple of skills and you’re good to go. Beginners always seem to get hung up on water purification. On the surface, water purification is fairly straightforward, but once… Read More »Backpacking Water Filter vs Water Purifier: What’s The Difference?