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.

Tenkara Fly Fishing Diary: 2022

Tenkara Fly Fishing Diary 2022

This was by far the best Tenkara Fly Fishing season I’ve had in the past 10 years. Despite a terrible summer drought, I was able to use my knowledge of the White Mountain’s drainages to find fishable water from May through September …

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How to Layer for Winter Hiking

How to Layer for Winter Hiking

Layering is one of the most important skills that winter hikers must learn.  It’s the key to staying comfortable in cold weather and preventing perspiration from chilling you. Perspiration reduces your clothing’s ability to trap the warm air heated by your body heat. …

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Hiking Mt Lafayette and Mt Lincoln in October

Mt Lafayette and Mt Lincoln in October

The two most popular peaks to climb on Franconia Ridge, are Mt Lafayette and Mt Lincoln, two 5000-footers with stellar views of Franconia Notch and the Pemigewasset Wilderness. These two mountains are sublime and magnificent in their own right, but they really …

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Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro Review

While the small spikes on Kahtoola Microspikes and Hillsound Trail Crampons can provide extra winter traction on icy trails, there are times where you want a more aggressive crampon for winter hiking and light scrambling. While you can use heavy-duty mountaineering or …

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