Backpacking Skills

The Winter Sleeping Bag FAQ: Practical Advice for Winter Backpackers

Winter Sleeping Bag FAQ

Winter sleeping bags are expensive. This FAQ provides answers to question about winter sleeping bags that you probably haven't thought about, but that can make or break a purchase. Learn about how winter sleeping bag temperature ratings are different from three season sleeping bags, key feature requirements, and differences in male and female insulation needs.

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Ultralight Backpacking Double-Wall Tent Guide

Ultralight Backpacking Double Wall Tent Guide

The number of ultralight double-wall backpacking tents available today has grown significantly, driven by consumer demand and advances in material technologies. If you prefer a double-wall tent over a single-wall tent because it’s more spacious, warmer, less drafty, and has a separate …

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How to Stay Hydrated on Winter Hikes

How to stay hydrated on winter hikes

Have you ever wondered why you don’t get thirsty on winter hikes even though your pee turns yellow and it’s clear that you need to drink more? Blame your brain. It’s not wired to recognize the increased amount of water vapor you …

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Recommended Winter Day Hiking Gear List

Recommended winter day hiking gear list

When gearing up for winter day hiking you want footwear, clothing and traction aids that can be used across a fairly wide range of temperatures, wind speeds, sun, precipitation types, and surface conditions. For example, typical winter weather includes: Temperatures: from 40 …

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