For Beginners

How NOT to hang a Bear Bag

When I was hiking a section of the AT recently near Crawford Notch in New Hampshire, I came across this bear bag hanging on a tree at the Ethan Pond Shelter. I was stunned when I saw it because it’s one of the worst examples of how to hang a …

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How Big is your Backpacking Knife?

This article is in response to Jason's Klass' post In defense of the knife. Jason believes that a knife is important to carry in the backcountry. His preference is a 2.6 oz. Spyderco Delica 4. A perfectly logical choice, except maybe the part about defending yourself from mountain lions. But …

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Leave No Trace Principles

  Here is my slightly abridged, take no prisoners, version of the Leave No Trace Principles. Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know local regulations. Shelters may be full; bring a tent, tarp or hammock. Carefully map out your route before you arrive including potential water sources and natural obstacles. Consider contingency …

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Solo Backpacking and Trip Plans

I do a lot of solo backpacking because it can be difficult to find a good hiking partners and because dealing with their shuttle logistics can be extremely frustrating. However, even though I hike alone, I often camp with other backpackers who I've run across during the day or meet …

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Backpacking for Beginners: Join a Club

Hiking on Vermonts Long Trail with the Appalachian Mountain Club

This post is for people who are interested in overnight backpacking as an adventure sport for themselves or their families but are still in the beginner stages trying to figure out what gear to buy or where to go one their first trip. If you’re at this stage, I have …

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Section Hiking

  Section hikers are people who hike long distance trails in stages, maybe a weekend or a vacation, at a time. We are the unfortunate majority that can’t take a year off to hike the Appalachian Trail or many of the other fine long distance trails in the US and …

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