Backpacking Skills

Backpacking with Earplugs

Backpacking with Ear Plugs

Whenever I go backpacking, I always bring along earplugs. If I’m sleeping near someone who snores in a tent or a shelter, they help cut down or eliminate the noise level. They also let me block out the sounds of the forest …

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Best Mid-Layer Insulation Apparel

Patagonia R1 - 100 Weight Fleece

What is the best mid-layer insulation apparel for hikers and backpackers? It depends, of course, on where you hike and the weather conditions you expect to encounter. But first lets define what a mid-layer is to avoid confusion. A mid-layer insulation top …

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Backpacking without a Stove

Stoves let you cook inside a shelter when the weather is bad

I am not a huge fan of backpacking without a stove, but whether you do it or not should be based on the environmental conditions you’re likely to encounter on your hike, the duration, and location of your trip. Whatever you do, …

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Solo Car Camping Tips

Bring a tent that's much bigger than you need

I do a lot of solo camping before and after day hikes when I’m up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains for the weekend. It’s a great way to save money, get a good night’s sleep between hikes, and get a little privacy …

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