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 2500 articles for SectionHiker.com, and had stories published by Backpacker Magazine, The Guardian, and Stackpole Books.

10 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2020

10 Best Hiking Daypacks

The best hiking daypacks are functional, fit well, and durable. They have to be because they’re your home away from home, carrying all of your essentials including outdoor gear, food, water, and survival gear. Many daypacks are also good for multiple sports including mountain biking, climbing, skiing or snowboarding. You …

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Fear Management in Fearful Times

Fear management in fearful times

The past few weeks have been frightening. There’s the fear that we or our loved ones will get sick and require hospitalization or die. There’s the fear that everything we’ve worked for all of our lives is forever gone, that we will run out of money to pay for food …

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10 Best Adjustable-Length Backpacks of 2020

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 …

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10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2020

10 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads

In 2020, most major sleeping pad manufacturers began using a common R-value testing standard to measure and rate the insulation values of their sleeping pads. This is a big win for backpackers because you can now compare the warmth provided by pads made from different manufacturers. Therm-a-Rest, REI, Sea-to-Summit, NEMO, …

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Backpacking During the Pandemic? Is that a Good Idea?

Backpacking during the Pandemic

Many backpackers think that “the trail” is probably the best place to avoid the coronavirus pandemic and they’re heading for the hills. But how much of this is wishful thinking, when many of the local services in rural communities that hikers take for granted may disappear? I’m not trying to …

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Camp Routine for Backpackers

Camp Routine for Backpackers

One of the most important skills that you’ll want to develop for backpacking is a consistent camp routine so you don’t misplace important gear and you have plenty of time to get cleaned up at the end of the day, eat, and get a good night’s sleep. When the only …

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Granite Gear Dagger 22 Backpack Review

Granite Gear Dagger 22 Backpack Review

The Granite Gear Dagger 22 is a technical daypack that’s equally at home on the trail, for traveling, or on the campus. It’s organized like Granite Gear’s multi-day backpacks with a long front stretch pocket, side water bottle pockets, and compression straps, only with much less volume.  The top opens …

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Super Tuesday in the Presidential Range

Snowshoeing to Mt Jefferson on the Gulfside Trail

March is the best month to climb the higher peaks in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range when temperatures warm up and the days are longer, but it’s still full-on winter conditions above treeline. This is home of Mt Washington, the White Mountains highest peak, which is on the same ridge with …

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REI Flash 1 Air Tent Review

REI Flash 1 Air Tent Review

The REI Flash 1 Air Tent is a one-person ultralight trekking pole tent that weighs 20 oz and costs $249. It’s a single wall tent with a side entrance and a large vestibule for gear storage. Myriad venting options increase airflow to help reduce internal condensation and the interior has …

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