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.

Fly Tying for Beginners

Pink Squirrel

I started catching trout when I started tying flies. Coincidence? Maybe. But if you’re a trout angler, there’s no such thing as coincidence if it means breaking a trout drought! However, even though I fish with a Tenkara rod, I didn’t get …

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Sierra Designs High Side Tent 1P Review

Sierra-Designs-High-Side-Tent Review

The Sierra Designs High Side Tent is a single person, double-wall tent that’s a big step up in comfort from a bivy sack. While it features excellent ventilation and a side vestibule, one of the stand-out features of this tent are its …

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Indian Pipe, the Ghost Flower

Indian Pipe

  Indian Pipe, also known as Ghost Flower and Monotropa Uniflora, is a unique and interesting plant found in shady woods that are rich in decaying plant matter. I’ve seen it in many places along the Long Trail, and it’s a real …

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Toenail Fungus: Treatment and Prevention

Toe Nail Fungus (Wikipedia)

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is surprisingly common and an estimated 10% of the US population suffers from this condition (source: Johns Hopkins Health Information Library.) If your toenails are yellow, brittle, or unusually thick, you may have a case of …

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Hike Mt Chocorua

Rocky Summit of Mt Chocorua (3475')

Mt Chocorua is one of the most frequently photographed mountains in the world according to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s White Mountain Guide. Located near New Hampshire’s Mt Washington, Chocorua is far from being the highest mountain in the White Mountain National Forest …

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The Toob: Backpacking Toothbrush

The Toob Backpacking Toothbrush

The importance of dental hygiene, including tooth brushing, can’t be overemphasized on backpacking trips. You’ll feel better if your teeth are clean and people won’t shy away from you because your breath smells bad. One of the oldest pieces of gear that …

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