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 is a Backpacking Sleep System?

What is a Backpacking Sleep System?

A backpacking sleep system refers to the collection of gear and clothing used for sleeping in camp. It’s called a system because the items have to work together and complement one another to perform a common function. For example, a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and a pillow are all common …

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Ultraviolet Water Purification 101

Ultraviolet Water Purification 101

Ultraviolet Water Purification Systems are a popular choice for backpackers because they’re easy to use, fast, lightweight, and don’t leave any aftertaste in your water like chemical treatments. They are not subject to freezing which destroys most water filters and can be used in below-freezing temperatures to purify cold water. …

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9 Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter Navigation Hazards

Winter hiking navigation is different than three-season navigation because easy trails can become unsafe from avalanche danger, deep snow, or dangerous weather conditions. When planning winter hiking routes, it’s important to factor these hazards into your route plans and preparation, even if it means taking a longer and safer route. …

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Do You Need a Backpack Rain Cover?

Do You Need a Backpack Rain Cover

A backpack rain cover serves several purposes. It prevents rain from leaking through the fabric and making your gear wet. It also can protect your backpack from getting torn if you have to hike through dense vegetation. However, whether you need a rain cover or not, or whether it’s worth …

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