Frequently Asked Questions

In-depth answers to frequently asked questions about hiking, backpacking, and, camping written for all levels of expertise from beginners to people who’ve been backpacking for 40 years.

Winter Bivy Sack Guide 2020

Winter Bivy Sack Guide

Winter bivy sacks were first developed as solo shelters for mountaineering and climbing where participants were interested in lightweight and highly compressible gear. The biggest advantage of a winter bivy sack is the ability to use it anywhere you want to stop and sleep, be it a rock ledge on …

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Winter Hiking Boots FAQ

Winter Hiking Boots FAQ

There are three kinds of winter hiking boots: insulated winter hiking boots, mountaineering boots, and pac boots. Which kind of winter hiking boot is right for you? Here’s a detailed guide that explains the differences between these so you can pick the right footwear for winter hiking, snowshoeing, winter backpacking, and …

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Can You Use a 3-Season Tent in Winter?

Can You Usea Three-Season Tent in Winter

Most three-season tents can be used for winter camping or backpacking if you set them up below treeline, they have strong aluminum or carbon fiber tent poles, and you bring sufficient sleeping insulation and warm clothing to remain comfortable in cold weather. You can also make a three-season tent more …

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What is Fastpacking?

What is Fastpacking?

Fastpacking is a hybrid form of backcountry travel—think of it like a combination between trail running and backpacking—which means there’s no simple, satisfying answer to this question. Fastpacking means the athlete can cover big miles in the backcountry with a combination of jogging, hiking, and power hiking. If you’ve been …

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How to Protect Your Food from Bears

How to Protect Your Food from Bears

There are basically 3 ways to protect your food from bears and other animals in the backcountry: bear bags, bear canisters, and Ursacks. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, so let’s review each. Bear Canisters A bear canister is a rigid, usually plastic barrel, that puts an impenetrable barrier …

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Winter Sleeping Bag FAQ

Winter Sleeping Bag FAQ

A winter sleeping bag has a temperature rating of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Remember, 32 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature where water freezes, so 0 degrees is plenty cold. Winter sleeping bags also tend to have extra features not found in sleeping bags designed for warmer weather including draft …

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