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.

10 Best Rechargeable Headlamps of 2021

10 Best Rechargeable Headlamps for Backpacking and Hiking

A headlamp is one of the most important 10 essentials for backpacking, hiking, and any kind of outdoor adventure sport. Using your smartphone as a flashlight doesn’t cut it. But the days of old-school AA and AAA battery-powered headlamps are history.  USB rechargeable headlamps have become ubiquitous and are less …

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10 Best Ventilated Backpacks of 2021

10 Best Ventilated Backpacking Packs

Ventilated backpacks, also called suspended-mesh backpacks, keep you cooler and drier when backpacking in hot or humid weather or when you’re carrying a heavy load. First invented by Deuter Packs, they’re one of the most sought-after backpack features by backpackers. While many backpack manufacturers claim that their backpacks are ventilated, …

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Bushwhacking Mount Cushman

Bushwhacking Mt Cushman

Mount Cushman is a 3220′ mountain on the New Hampshire 200 Highest List. It’s a trailless mountain so you have to bushwhack to climb it. It’s located just south of Mt Moosilauke on the edge of the Hubbard Experimental Forest, which is one of the wilder and less-visited parts of …

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Bushwhacking Dinsmore Mountain

Bushwhacking Dinsmore Mountain

Dinsmore Mountain is adjacent to Mt Israel in the Sandwich Range. It’s a trail-less peak, so you have to bushwhack to the summit. Dinsmore is on the NH500 highest peaks list which I’ve started working on. I hiked this mountain with my friend Ken, who is also working through the …

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Bushwhacking West Moat Mountain and Spruce Hill

Bushwhacking West Moat Mtn and Spruce Hill

West Moat Mountain and Spruce Hill are two peaks on the NH500 Highest List. They’re located near Conway, NH near the Boulder Loop Trail. Both are trailless peaks, so you have to bushwhack them. West Moat is located in a wild section of the National Forest that is seldom hiked because …

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Gossamer Gear DCF One Tent Review

Gossamer Gear DCF One Tent Review

The Gossamer Gear DCF One is a one-person, single-wall ultralight trekking pole tent that weighs 15.3 oz and costs $539. It has an all-mesh front door and vestibule and requires two trekking poles to set up. While it has a Dyneema DCF rain fly, the floor is made with a …

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REI Trail Hut 2 Tent Review

REI Trail Hut Tent Review

The REI Trail Hut 2 is a two-person tent double-wall tent with two doors and two vestibules. It’s exceptionally easy to set up with a freestanding dome structure and includes a ground cloth to protect the floor from abrasion. Priced at $199, it’s a great tent for car camping or …

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Bushwhacking West Hitchcock Mountain

Bushwhacking West Hitchcock Mountain

The Hitchcocks are a cluster of five mountains in the White Mountain National Forest just outside of Lincoln, NH. They’re all on the New Hampshire 100 highest list (and the NH500 Highest list I’m currently working on) and none of them have trails, so you have to bushwhack to the …

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Winter Bivy Sack Guide 2020

Winter Bivy Sack Guide

Winter bivy sacks were first developed as solo shelters for mountaineering and climbing where participants were interested in lightweight and highly compressible gear. The biggest advantage of a winter bivy sack is the ability to use it anywhere you want to stop and sleep, be it a rock ledge on …

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Cold Cold World Valdez 40L Backpack Review

Cold Cold World Valdez Backpack Review

The Cold Cold World Valdez is a 40L alpine backpack that’s great for winter day hiking, climbing, and ski touring. Weighing just 2 lbs 2 oz, it’s lower volume than Cold Cold World’s overnight and multiday alpine packs but still loaded with winter features from ski straps, dual ice ax …

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