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15 Common Mistakes Made by First Time Backpackers

There is not a person alive that has been into the backcountry and not made one of these mistakes. It doesn’t matter how many times we shoulder that pack and go wild, there is always something we could have done better. There is always something we wished we had and did not have, or something …

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Hiking Trekking and Backpacking, What’s the Difference?

If you are new to the wonderful world of the outdoors and just getting started with the idea of hiking, trekking or backpacking – this article will help you understand the differences and how exactly to get started. So, let’s dive in and define the exact differences between these fun outdoor activities… Hiking vs Trekking …

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Trekking in Thailand (Useful Tips and Advice)

Thailand, or “The Land of Smiles,” is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world. It’s not difficult to understand why. The hospitable culture, turquoise beaches, lush jungles and $1 street curries will quickly steal the hearts of many. Although vast numbers of tourists experience the nightlife of Bangkok, temples of Chiang Mai, …

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Santa Cruz Trek in 4 Days – Trip Report and Guide

The Cordillera Blanca, or ‘white mountains’ in English, are one of the most naturally astonishing mountain ranges on Earth, and an absolute masterpiece as far as serious hikers are concerned. This gorgeous 120-mile off-shoot of the Andes mountains in northern Peru is home to Huascaran, the 22,205-foot giant and the highest mountain in Peru. And …

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How To Summit Jebel El-Kelaa in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Have you heard about that Blue City, hidden by the Rif Mountains in the north of Morocco? That place with the seemingly-difficult-to-pronounce name of Chefchaouen (but is actually so much fun to say, and just rolls off the tongue – think a cooking chef, the Shah of Iran and when, as in, when the heck …

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Just How Light is Ultralight Backpacking? A Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of “ultralight” backpacking. We all want a lighter pack weight while at the same time being as comfortable on the trail as possible. If you are ready to take this ambition to the next level. This article is for you! So, how light is ultralight backpacking? Ultralight backpackers have packs …

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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 views surrounding you, then all …

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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 trekking poles are actually worth …

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Can You Trek in Nepal Without a Guide?

Trekking in Nepal is at the top of many outdoor enthusiasts’ bucket lists. Snow-capped mountains, cozy tea houses, and endless dal bhat are just some of the many things you can look forward to while trekking through the tallest peaks in the world. So, the question that most would-be trekkers in Nepal ask themselves is: …

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