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.

9 Essential Ultralight Backpacking Skills

9 Essential Ultralight Backpacking Skills

Ultralight backpacking requires an extreme form of self-reliance where backpackers compensate for bringing less gear by having more advanced backcountry skills. While many other backpackers and day hikers have these same skills, “going ultralight,” or the less extreme “lightweight” is more committing, since ultralight backpackers carry less …

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How to Safely Cross Streams in Winter

How to Safely Cross Streams in Winter

Winter stream crossings can be dangerous if you slip off a rock or fall through an ice shelf and get your boots and clothing wet. However, you can often cross safely with a little extra planning or by bushwhacking along the bank …

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Hiking Pierce and Eisenhower in February

Hiking Pierce and Eisenhower in February

Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower are two 4000 footers in the Southern Presidential Range which runs between Crawford Notch and Mt Washington. The route up to these two peaks follows the Crawford Path, which is the oldest continuously maintained hiking trail in …

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Jetboil Stove Guide: How to Choose

Jetboil Backpacking Stove Guide How to Choose

Jetboil’s camping cooking systems integrate a cook pot and stove into a highly efficient, easy-to-use, fast, and completely self-contained cooking system. Below, we explain how to choose between the different Jetboil cooking systems so you can find the one that best suits …

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Hiking Mt Jefferson in February

Hiking Mt Jefferson in February

Mt Jefferson (5712′) is the third-highest White Mountain 4000 footer and a difficult mountain to climb in winter with a long approach hike often complicated by deep snow, high winds, and frigid temperatures. This has been an especially cold and windy winter …

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Gossamer Gear’s “The One” Ultralight Tent Review

Gossamer Gear The One Tent Review

Gossamer Gear’s “The One” ultralight 1-person tent is an ultralight, single-walled trekking-pole tent that weighs 22 oz. It has a spacious interior that’s a palace for one, with excellent ventilation to help prevent internal condensation. Factory seam-taped, there’s no need to seam seal …

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