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How to Size a Backpack: Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much volume should you get in a daypack, weekend backpack, multi-day backpack, or expedition backpack? Here are some volume guidelines and advice so you can start shopping for backpacks in the appropriate size range. Recommended Backpack Volumes Daypacks Most daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters on the high end. While a smaller sized […]

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Staying hydrated in winter takes extra effort

Pre-Hike Hydration: The Key to Staying Hydrated for Winter Hiking

Winter hikers and snowshoers often have difficulty staying properly hydrated in cold weather because winter hiking is physically more challenging and the physical act of drinking is more involved than simply sipping from a hydration hose, what with heavy winter gloves and insulated containers. I usually carry two or three liters of water on winter […]

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The hip belt of your backpack should cover front of your illiac crest

How Should a Backpack Hip Belt Fit?

When buying a backpack you want to make sure that the hip belt is long enough so that it transfers most of your pack weight off your shoulders and onto your hips so that you can use the biggest muscles in your body, your legs, to carry most of the weight. It sounds obvious, but I […]

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AT Shelters are a great place to make new friends - Bearfence Shelter in Shenandoah National Park

Do You Need a Tent to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Had a reader contact me recently asking whether it was necessary to bring a tent to hike the Appalachian Trail. She planned to stay in the trail shelters in Shenandoah National Park (in April) and had been thinking about leaving her tent at home. First off, when hiking the Appalachian Trail you always want to […]

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