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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, become an adept fly fisherman and written over 2000 articles for SectionHiker.com, and had stories published by Backpacker Magazine and Stackpole Books.

10 Best Backpacking Stoves of 2019

10 Best Backpacking Stoves

Backpackers and campers have a wide range of stoves available to them ranging from all-in-one stove systems to general purpose units that can be used across a wide range of temperatures and locales. Backpacking stoves fall into three popular categories: isobutane canister stoves which are best for solo cooking and …

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10 Best Budget Backpacking Tents of 2019

10 Best Budget Backpacking Tents under $250

It seems like backpacking tents are getting more and more expensive, especially ultralight tents made with specialty fabrics. But take heart. There are still plenty of good values and bargain tents available if you know what to look for. Here are our 2019 picks for the top 10 best budget backpacking …

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Section Hiking the Cape Wrath Trail

Section Hiking the Cape Wrath Trail

The Cape Wrath Trail is considered the hardest trail in the United Kingdom because it passes through one of the wildest, most rugged and remote sections of the Scottish Highlands. Technically, the Cape Wrath Trail is more of a route than a trail, and while there are some guidebooks, maps, …

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Lightweight Sleeping Pad Chair Kits

Lightweight Sleeping Pad Chair Kits

While camping chairs are getting lighter and lighter weight every year, you really can’t beat a sleeping pad chair kit when it comes to lightweight seating on a backpacking trip. These kits transform inflatable sleeping pads into comfortable and insulated chairs, so you can sit up and read, eat, or …

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How to Prevent Broken Trekking Poles

How to Prevent Broken Trekking Poles

I’ve been breaking trekking (hiking) poles since I started using them. Aluminum or carbon fiber, it doesn’t matter. The same with three-piece, two-piece, and one piece poles, and twist lock or flick-lock style poles. I used to break a pole every 6 months, on average, usually by catching the lowest …

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Montane Atomic Rain Pants Review

Montane Atomic Rain Pants Review

Montane’s Atomic Rain Pants are lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants with thigh-high side zippers for easy ventilation and temperature regulation. They’re ideal for spring, autumn, and winter hiking in highly variable temperature conditions when you need rain protection for your legs, but cool temperatures can chill you unless you can vent …

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10 Best Adjustable Length Backpacks of 2019

10 Best Adjustable Length Backpacks

Adjustable length backpacks let you change the torso length of a backpack so it does a better job of transferring weight from the shoulders to the hips. Traditionally, backpack companies have dealt with torso length by forcing you to choose between small, medium, or large frame heights which may or not …

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5 Best Leave No Trace Trowels of 2019

5 Best Leave No Trace Trowels

Using a Leave No Trace trowel is one of the most responsible things you can do to preserve the backcountry for others to enjoy. While there’s nothing quite as satisfying as having a good bowel movement outdoors in the crisp morning air, surrounded by white-capped mountains and wild flowers, it’s …

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