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Backpacking Repair Kit: 15 Essential Items

I was recently on a multi-day hiking trip in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Six hours into the first day I snapped my sternum strap while attempting to fasten it. My backpack was heavy, and it felt much heavier now that the sternum strap was not dispersing the weight evenly. Eventually […]

which is better down or synthetic jacket

Which is Better – Down or Synthetic Jacket?

The down jacket has become a symbol of outdoor professionals and enthusiasts: from climbing to backpacking to skiing and more. Providing excellent insulation from the cold and the wind, it is considered an essential item for anyone venturing out into the elements. However, the emergence of synthetic insulating jackets leaves […]

can you hike 20 miles a day

Can You Hike 20 Miles a Day? (Backpacking FAQs)

I can remember with complete clarity the first time I hiked 20 miles in one day. I remember because it was agony. I was not accustomed to walking this distance with weight on my back, and quite simply it ruined me. So, can you hike 20 miles a day? Yes, […]

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The 7 Best Yosemite Backpacking Trips

Yosemite is is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all calibers. With its ancient sequoia trees, the iconic Bridalveil Falls and majestic granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, there are so many wonders to enjoy. With over 800 miles of trails in the National Park, it entices thousands […]

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How to Wash Wool Socks

Woolen socks are an essential item for many avid hikers and backpackers. They are breathable, sturdy and much more odor-resistant than your typical cotton socks. A decent pair can set you back a few dollars, so it is essential to wash and care for them properly if you want them […]

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How do I Start Hiking? 15 Simple Steps

If I told you it was possible to get fit and strengthen your legs and core while enjoying stunning scenery – would you believe me? What if I said it would improve your balance, help you to lose unwanted pounds, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood? You would […]

how long does it take to hike 100 miles

How Long Does it Take to Hike 100 miles?

Thru-hiking is an increasingly popular activity among outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and those who feel the call of the wild. 100 miles is often the first major target that multi-day hikers will set for themselves, and there are a good number of well-marked long distance trails all over the world which […]

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What is the Thru-hiking Triple Crown?

Many of us enjoy hiking in the great outdoors, sometimes for days at a time. But could you imagine doing it for weeks and even months at a time, perhaps, for example, to walk the length of an entire country – almost three times? That is, if you can believe, […]

what can you put in a trail mix

What can you Put in a Trail Mix?

Trail mix is that wonderfully nutritious combination of foods designed to give you the energy needed to conquer the trail. However, you will quickly find that there are good things – and bad things – in store-bought products. We have found it is best to make your own trail mix […]