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.

What Hiking Gear Do You Need for Bushwhacking?

Hiking Gear for Bushwhacking

Bushwhacking is a form of off-trail hiking that usually involves hiking through forests and densely vegetated areas. It’s called bushwhacking because the bushes whack back, often tearing up your clothing and drawing blood from exposed portions of your hands, arms, legs, or face. The purpose of bushwhacking, other than self-flagellation, …

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What is a Breakaway Backpack?

What is a breakaway backpack?

A breakaway backpack is a fairly recent innovation for external frame backpacks that lets you overload your pack by inserting gear in between the frame and the pack bag. While originally developed for hunters to haul meat, it is useful for anyone who has to carry a heavy or awkwardly …

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Desert Hiking Foot Care

Desert Hiking Foot Care

After hiking hundreds of miles in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, I have a good understanding of how to take care of feet in desert conditions. My main goal is to keep my feet dry, cool, and debris free. I accomplish this with a good pair of trail runners, gaiters, …

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How Waterproof is Silnylon?

How Waterproof is Silnylon?

Siliconized nylon, more commonly called silnylon, is a waterproof fabric used to make tents by many smaller manufacturers including Six Moon Designs, Tarptent, Mountain Laurel Designs, and Hilleberg which specialize in making ultralight backpacking gear or expedition-grade tents. It’s also sold in bulk for DIY-ers by Ripstop-by-the Roll, for people …

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Can You Cook Food in a Jetboil?

Can You Cook Food in a Jetboil?

Most backpackers who buy Jetboil stoves, buy the Jetboil Flash or Jetboil Zip models without realizing that they’re designed for boiling water to rehydrate freeze-dried or dehydrated backpacking meals and not simmering food slowly on a low flame, which is what people think of when it comes to “cooking” food. …

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Why Do Hiking Maps Lie?

Why Do Maps Lie?

Have you ever heard the expression, “maps lie?” It’s due to the fact that all maps, including topographic hiking maps, leave out information deemed irrelevant for their intended use. This is even true of the maps published by the US Geological Survey (USGS) which are considered the gold standard for …

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