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How to Fight Backpacking Meal Fatigue

Have you even opened your backpacking food bag and lost your appetite at the prospect of eating the same boring meal again? Do yourself a favor and increase the variety of food you bring on backpacking trips. Develop a menu that keeps you interested in eating, so you can refuel with the calories you need. Here […]

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230 Mile Bacpacking Route over 48 Mountains

Trip Planning: How Long Will It Take Me to Backpack XX Miles?

I’ve been getting a lot of emails this year from beginner backpackers who want guidance about how to estimate that time it takes to backpack a long section of trail. Here are some examples: I plan to hike the Presidential Range and the Maine Appalachian Trail this summer. How long should it take me? I’m a […]

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Packrafting is a fun way to augment backpacking adventures. (Photo

How to Choose a Packrafting PFD

Packrafting with an inflatable raft is a fun way to enhance your backcountry adventure by giving you the ability to travel over water, not just overland by foot. However, water-based travel introduces a new set of risks and the need for additional gear, including a personal flotation device (PFD), to mitigate the consequences of losing […]

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Two tents protected from the wind by a small embankment

9 Campsite Selection Tips

Good campsite selection is an important backpacking skill. Here are some tips to pick a safe and comfortable campsite that will enhance your enjoyment of the backcountry. 1. Plan campsites in advance If backcountry regulations require that you camp at designated campsites, reserve one in advance or make sure ones are available before you arrive. […]

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Styles of Section Hiking

Different Styles of Section Hiking

There are many different ways of section hiking a long trail, perhaps as many as there are section hikers. Some section hikers plan their hikes down to the last detail while others don’t do much planning at all. Here are some of the most common styles of section hiking, along with examples of the route and resupply plans that section […]

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