Author: Erick Musambi

how hard is ice climbing

How Hard Is Ice Climbing?

Ice climbing is only as hard as you think it is. I learned that the hard way when I found myself climbing my first ice covered mountain and even a gorgeous (albeit treacherous) frozen waterfall! The terrain is ever-changing, which is what makes ice climbing such a challenging activity. Ice […]

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What is a ”Switchback” in hiking?

A long and strenuous hike with many switchbacks can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Yes, it will be tough, but the views found at the top are typically worth every ounce of effort. Never heard of a “switchback” trail before? Let’s dig into the specifics of this unique […]

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Why Do Hikers Use Trail Names?

Trail names are a fun part of being on the trail for an extended duration. Some of the names are colorful, unique, or intriguing. There are times that the names are given by others and sometimes self-named. Trail names are commonly used during long distance backpacking trips. So, why do […]

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What is Hut to Hut Hiking?

Hut to hut hiking can be a fun alternative to tent camping. It can provide you with the same adventure but with the convenience and comfort of cabin camping. In this article, you’ll be learning what hut to hut hiking is, a few examples of some hut to hut trails, […]

What Do Stacked Rocks On A Trail mean

What Do Stacked Rocks On A Trail Mean?

Avid hikers, campers, cyclists and rock climbers all rely on trails and paths to keep them heading in the right direction. Those who are tech-savvy use GPS gadgets or their phone’s GPS to help them track their whereabouts. Having mentioned this, have you ever wonder how our ancestors managed not […]

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Are Packing Cubes Good For Backpacking?

Have you ever been backpacking? If yes, you would agree that it is a life-altering experience that can be a lot of fun. If you are one of those people who love the outdoors and enjoys exploring, backpacking is for you. However, beware, backpacking is not always easy and one […]

Is Ultralight Backpacking Worth It?

Nobody wants to carry more gear than is necessary on their backpacking trip. I’ve worked really hard to reduce my own backpack weight down to ‘ultralight’ status. It’s been a fun journey of trial and error but I have it very close to perfect – for me. So, is ultralight […]

Does A Bivy Sack Add Warmth?

To save weight on your next backpacking trip you may be considering a bivy sack over a traditional tent. I love the idea of possibly cutting my sleep system weight down but let’s answer some important questions before making the decision. A big one has to do with the elements […]

Is The PCT Crowded?

If you are like me and in the very early stages of planning a PCT thru-hike, then you may be wondering just how many people you will encounter out on the trail. Has the trail become so popular that you may or may not experience true wilderness? Let’s dig into […]