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 nine thousand miles, become an adept fly fisherman, XC skier, and written over 3000 backpacking and hiking articles for SectionHiker.com.

Bear’s Head Tooth Fungus

Bears Head Tooth Fungus

Over the past few weeks, I’ve become fascinated by the different types of mushrooms and fungus growing in the New England forests where I backpack. I’m not interested in eating them or even touching them, but they’re a very cool life form …

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Learning How to Identify Trees

I was out hiking last weekend in the Middlesex Fells just outside of Boston. I am working on a project that I've set for myself, which is to inventory and be able to identify all of the tree species that grow in …

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Autumn Lightweight Backpacking Gear List

  Here’s the gear list I used in on my last section hike over Mt. Greylock and up the Appalachian Trail into Southern Vermont during the long Columbus Day weekend. Designed for mid-autumn, it is a good deal heavier at 15 lbs. …

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Leave No Trace Principles

  Here is my slightly abridged, take no prisoners, version of the Leave No Trace Principles. Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know local regulations. Shelters may be full; bring a tent, tarp or hammock. Carefully map out your route before you arrive including …

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REI Adventure Pants

REI Adventure pants have become an indispensable part of my wardrobe for both work and outdoor activities such as day hiking and backpacking. A size 38 x 32 weighs just 13.5 oz. These pants are 100% nylon. They dry quickly after washing and …

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Using TVP in Freezer Bag Cooking Recipes

Textured_vegetable_protein

Textured Vegetable Protein, known as TVP, is an excellent meat substitute that appears in many backpacking recipes because it is extremely lightweight and easy to prepare. It's also a great addition to homemade freezer bag meals because of it's nutritional value and …

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Solo Backpacking and Trip Plans

I do a lot of solo backpacking because it can be difficult to find a good hiking partners and because dealing with their shuttle logistics can be extremely frustrating. However, even though I hike alone, I often camp with other backpackers who …

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How to Read the Forested Landscape

I just finished reading an incredible book called Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England, authored by Tom Wessels, an ecologist and environmental biologist who teaches at the Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire. This book teaches …

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