how much water to carry backpacking

How Much Water Should I Carry Backpacking?

If you intend on backpacking, then the amount of water to carry will be one of your biggest issues to figure out before you depart. On one hand you don’t want to carry an excess because of the weight. On the other, you want to stay safe and have plenty […]

How Do You Wash Your Backcountry Dishes

How Do You Wash Your Backcountry Dishes?

When you roll into camp after hiking all day with a 50-pound pack on your back, you look forward eating a hot meal and going to straight to bed. You don’t look forward to having to clean the dishes after finishing your meal. Washing dishes in the backcountry may seem […]

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12 Best Ultralight Backpacking Packs of 2020

Every serious hiker, I am sure, can think of that time when they went on a multi-day hiking adventure and just took too much stuff. It happens to the best of us. So, you could be here because you want to buy the best ultralight backpack in the world, or […]

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21 Best Books About Thru-Hiking

Thru-hiking is an arduous and sometimes dangerous activity. Setting off for weeks, months, or even years on one’s own or in the company of just a few others is a daunting task, to say the least. Thus, it’s no surprise that thru-hiking tales can easily capture our hearts and minds, […]

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49 Ways to Lighten Your Backpacking Load

Let’s face it: backpacking can hurt. Heavy packs, steep hills, variable weather conditions, and difficult terrain all add to the difficulty of backpacking, but that’s all part of the adventure. When you finally crest the top of that ridge you’ve been walking toward all day and take in the beautiful […]

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Are Trekking Poles Worth It?

If you’ve spent any time walking down a trail in recent years, you’ve probably seen a few people with trekking poles and you’ve likely contemplated getting a pair for yourself. However, you also see plenty of people plodding along without trekking poles, so you also probably question whether or not […]

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What is a ”Switchback” in hiking?

Hiking is one of the outdoor activities I am fond of doing. In my 3 years of experience, I have encountered different kinds of trails. However, upon doing my research on hiking trails, I have stumbled across an unfamiliar word called a “switchback”. You may also be wondering what a […]

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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 […]