Trip Preparation

Foods that Keep You Warm – What to Eat When Its Cold

Foods that Keep You Warm – What to Eat When Its Cold

You don’t have to stop hiking when the weather is cold.  If you’re going to be backpacking or taking along day hike, pack foods that will warm you up and keep you warm.  Hot foods are most appealing in the winter but they can also […]

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The Best Daypacks for Hiking

The Best Daypacks for Hiking

A daypack is a key piece of gear for any hiker.  For day hikes, you really only need a bag to carry some water, a small first aid kit, an extra layer or rain jacket, a headlamp, and snacks or lunch.  Day packs vary from […]

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How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

Even lightweight backpackers need to carry quite a bit of gear with them on a trip.  Are there rules on how to pack a backpack for hiking?  Does it really matter where all your stuff goes inside your pack?  Yes!  The placement of your gear […]

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Twenty Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Backpacking

Twenty Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Backpacking

What is the weather going to be like? What is my route going to be? Is the daily mileage and elevation gain realistically doable? Do I need to make arrangements for a shuttle or ride to and from the trailheads? Do I have all the […]

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Backpacking with a Bear Food Bag

Backpacking with a Bear Food Bag

I’ve been backpacking avidly for the last 10 years, but I only recently learned and practiced a bear hang.  I’ve done most of my backpacking in the Sierra Nevada where bears are very habituated to humans and bear canisters are recommended or required in most […]

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Best Bear Canisters for Backpackers

Best Bear Canisters for Backpackers

If you are an avid backpacker, there is no doubt you will run into areas where a bear canister is required.  We all hate to carry the extra weight and bulk, but let’s be logical, they really are necessary to keep your food and our […]

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7 Day Backpacking Menu

7 Day Backpacking Menu

In order to have a steady flow of calories while backpacking I break down my backpacking food into Breakfast, Snack 1, Snack 2, Lunch, Snack 3, Dinner, and Snack 4.  Its obviously important to have breakfast before or shortly after you get going in the […]

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Best Backpacking Food for Dogs – Keep Your Pup Nourished on the Trail

Best Backpacking Food for Dogs – Keep Your Pup Nourished on the Trail

Before my  pup hurt her knee, I really loved taking her hiking with me.  She enjoyed the trail as much as I did and I felt safer and happier with her around.  Many trails do not allow dogs or are not appropriate for them.  However, […]

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How to Pack a Bear Canister – Tips and Tricks

How to Pack a Bear Canister – Tips and Tricks

How to Get the Most into Your Bear Canister  Choose calorie dense foods – Calorie dense foods are foods that have a lot of calories per ounce.  These will be foods high in fat such as oils, nuts, nut butters, and hard cheese.  The more […]

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Training for Long Distance Hiking

Training for Long Distance Hiking

While many long distance backpackers focus on thru-hiking, or completing an entire long distance trail in one season, any long distance hike can be rewarding.  Long distance hiking can be one of the most enriching experiences in your life, but it can also be one […]

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