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 over five thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman, XC skier, and written over 2500 backpacking and hiking articles for SectionHiker.com.

Ultralight Backpacking on Etsy

Ultralight Backpacking on Etsy

If you’re looking for innovative new ideas and products for your hiking and backpacking habit, Etsy is a craft-oriented shopping site that hosts the shops of many up-and-coming ultralight backpack gear manufacturers. There are about 30-40 companies actively making backpacking gear today …

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Zpacks Packing Cubes Review

Zpacks Packing Cubes Review

Zpacks Packing Cubes, which are misnamed because they aren’t cubes, are brick-shaped packing pods that come with compression straps so you can shrink the volume that gear takes inside your backpack. This can allow you to carry a lighter weight, smaller volume …

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Sleeping Outdoors is a Skill

Sleeping Outdoors is a Skill

Sleeping outdoors on backpacking trips is a skill just like navigating, camping, packing, layering, trip planning, and all the other skills that backpackers need to learn to enjoy backcountry trips. While sleeping outdoors is not a skill that’s taught in outdoor programs …

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Hiking Mt Cabot in June

Hiking Mt Cabot in June

Mt Cabot is the northernmost White Mountain 4000-footer and a 9.6 mile out and back hike with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The last time I climbed it was on November, 4th of last year (2021). I remember that hike vividly because …

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Mt Jackson – Three Routes

Mt Jackson Three Routes

Mt Jackson is ranked #38 on the White Mountain 4000 Footer List. While it is only 4052′ high, it’d be natural to assume that it’s an easier mountain to climb. Most people don’t make that mistake twice. But the effort required to …

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Alps Mountaineering Trail Tipi Review

Alps Mountaineering Trail Tip Pyramid Tent Review

The Alps Mountaineering Trail Tipi is a low-cost (MSRP $149), single-wall pyramid tent suitable for use by a single adult under 72″ in height or two youths up to 56″ in height. It has a trail weight (minus stakes and stuff sack) …

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