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Philip Werner

Philip Werner quit his corporate job in 2010 to become a full time hiker, guide, and outdoor writer. Since then he's hiked a couple of thousand miles, written over 1000 articles for SectionHiker.com, and had stories published by Backpacker Magazine and Stackpole Books. In 2014, SectionHiker.com was nominated by USA Today as one of the top 10 outdoor blogs on the Internet.

Hanz Chillblocker Waterproof Socks Review

Hanz ChillBlocker Waterproof Socks (right) are insulated with Polartec Fleece for warmth, but still fit in regularly sized shoes for hiking in wet weather

Hanz Chillblocker Waterproof Socks are great for walking in freezing snowmelt or standing in cold streams if you don’t have waterproof boots because they are insulated with warm Polartec fleece. In addition to being waterproof, they’re thin enough to fit into a pair of trail runners or low hiking shoes, …

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Hiking the Cape Wrath Trail

CapeWrathRoute

The Cape Wrath Trail is considered the hardest hiking route in the United Kingdom. Located in Scotland, it runs from Fort William, through the Highlands and Western Scotland, to the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, the northwestern-most point of Scotland. Approximately 230 miles in length, most people take 2-3 weeks to backpack the …

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Backpacking the Livermore Loop

Nancy Brook Trail Waterfall

My boots hadn’t frozen overnight, which meant that my Sawyer water filter was probably still good (they’re wrecked if frozen.) Freezing rain had fallen overnight and I knew I’d probably get soaked, brushing up against wet spruce on the side of the trail. With bright sunshine and temperatures in the low …

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Backpack Light 50L Review

With a max volume of 50L, the Backpack Light 50L can carry big loads.

The Backpack Light 50L ($149) is a frameless ultralight style backpack weighing 34.5 oz (L) sold by My Trail Company, which has started manufacturing the same backpacks and tents that GoLite sold before it went bankrupt in 2014. The Backpack Light 50L reviewed here is virtually identical to the Golite Jam …

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Simple Fly Fishing? Anything But

Simple Fly Fishing

Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel is a beautiful coffee table book full of gorgeous trout photos, exotic fly fishing locations and anecdotal stories about fly fishing with the world’s greatest fishing guides. The authors, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia Inc, Craig Mathews, Mauro Mazzo, and …

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Bikepacking for Backpackers

Bikepacking for Backpackers

Bikepacking, essentially backpacking with a bike, is a great way to explore backcountry destinations that can’t be reached by hiking trails or are closed to cars and trucks. Want to climb a remote peak that no one’s climbed? Photograph wild animals in their natural habitat? Or discover a wild trout stream that’s …

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Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter 1.0L Review

The Meta Bottle + Microfilter consists of a soft bottle, filter, and screw-on-top

The Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter ($49.95) is a bottle-based water filter that lets you safely filter backcountry water sources, removing bacteria and protozoa, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. The unit includes a one liter flexible bottle, a hollow fiber water filter, and a screw-on top. But don’t make the mistake of writing …

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