Rigged for some heavy-duty cool weather bushwhacking on Wolf Cub Mountain wearing my Railriders Bushwhacker Weatherpants

RailRiders Bushwhacker Weatherpants Review

I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is a commercial treatment that uses Permethrin, an insecticide that kills ticks, mosquitos, and other insects that have the misfortune […]

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Toaks Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove

Raffle: ENTER to Win a Free TOAKs Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove

The new TOAKS Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove is a self-priming. top burner jet stove, like the classic Trangia, but much lighter weight and more streamlined.  Here’s a movie of the TOAKS Titanium Siphon Stove burning where you can see the jet-based flame pattern clearly.  The advantage of using a stove like this is that it’s compatible with […]

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The Escarpment Trail

Catskills Backpacking: The Escarpment Trail

One of my favorite multi-day backpacking trips in the Catskills of New York is The Escarpment Trail, which is notable for it’s open vistas and fine views of the Hudson River Valley. This 23.9 mile hike is moderately challenging and is best spread over a 3 day trip, including shuttles, so you can enjoy the […]

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Katadin Air Service

10 Life Hacks For Hikers and Backpackers

If you’ve been smitten by hiking and all you can think about is your next trip, it’s time to rearrange your life to maximize your hiking time. Here are a few hiking and backpacking hacks to help you on your way. 1. Replace your entire wardrobe with hiking clothes. If putting on your hiking clothes helps […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket, RailRiders EcoMesh Pants, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Shoes

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight or […]

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The NeoAir XTherm is about the same height as a Nalgene, but definitely thicker. Still that's pretty small for a winter sleeping pad.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Review

When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of […]

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