My hiking and backpacking trips start well before I ever step foot on the trail. I like to plan out my route by reading maps and trail guides, figure out what gear I need to bring depending on the terrain or expected weather conditions, …Read More »
Bay Circuit Trail Section 1: Plum Island to Rowley
Plum Island Date: 1-21-15 Starting Location: Joppa Flats Wildlife Refuge Destination: Newbury Lower Green BCT Map: Section 1, A to D Distance: 6.6 miles; 14.2 miles RT back to car When I got to the beach and stood on the sand, I was filled with a …Read More »
Packing the Unpackable: Backpack Loading Tips
One of my readers, a guy named Tim, is having problems getting all of his backpacking gear into his backpack. This is something I’ve wrestled with too. I had a few breakthroughs this year though, based on some advice from a more …Read More »
Book Review: The Backpacker’s Field Manual
The Backpacker’s Field Manual, A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills is still the most complete and readable handbook of backpacking instruction available today. Written by Rick Curtis, Director of Princeton University’s Famous Outdoor Recreation Program, it provides a gear-agnostic approach to the skills …Read More »
10 Best Ventilated (Suspended Mesh) Backpacks of 2023
Ventilated backpacks, also called suspended-mesh backpacks, have …Read More »
10 Best Hiking Shoes and Trail Runners of 2023
10 Best Trekking Poles of 2023
10 Best Sleeping Bag Stuff Sacks of 2023
10 Best Men’s Hiking Pants of 2023
10 Best Backpacking Chairs of 2023
10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents of 2023
10 Best Hiking Day Packs of 2023
10 Best Freestanding Backpacking Tents of 2023
10 Best Backpacking Rain Jackets of 2023
10 Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2023
10 Best Backpacking Stoves of 2023
10 Best Ultralight Frameless Backpacks of 2023
Granite Gear Virga3 26L Backpack Review
The new Granite Gear Virga3 26L is …Read More »
Rab Xenair Alpine Light Insulated Jacket Review
Mystery Ranch Blitz 30 Backpack Review
Gregory Jade 53 Women’s Backpack Review
Sea-to-Summit Etherlight XT Extreme Sleeping Pad Review
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Review
Durston Gear X-Mid 1 Tent Review (Second Generation)
How Much Should a Backpacking Tent Weigh?
Tent weight is a frequent area of …Read More »
Why Do Backpackers Like Alcohol Stoves?
Rain Jackets: How to Make your DWR Last Longer
How Many Pairs of Socks Should You Bring on a Backpacking Trip?
Why do Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jackets Wet Out?
How to Layer with a Rain Jacket and Stay Warm
Best DEET, Picaridin, and Natural Insect Repellents: How to Choose
How Many Liters Do You Need for a Day Pack?
Trekking Pole Tents: Pros and Cons