Author - Scott Janz

I created TheBackpackerTV because of my passion for the outdoors and seeing nature up close and personal. To inspire, and share all of our experiences so we can bring people closer to the wonders and awe of the outdoors.

Budget Backpacking

One of the quickest ways to say “the hell with it”, when you attempt a long hike is by buying into the notion you must have the best gear.
If leaving the...

Poncho as Shelter and Rain Gear

The road to Ultralite backpacking is simple: carry the lightest gear possible and carry only what’s necessary.
Most backpackers who practice lightweight techniques...

We Teach You!

So you’ve said a thousand times that you want to get outdoors more. Maybe even climb a mountain, cross a river deep in the wilderness, test yourself outdoors in...

You Learn it!

In 2006 we started teaching backpacking basics to people living in Chicago of all places. Our backpacking club was one of the first outdoor backpacking clubs in the...

Come Backpacking with Us

We absolutely love backpacking with our Students. Our most enjoyable experiences in the past 10 years of backpacking in the Wilderness is with students we now call...

Scott Janz – 20 Years of Experience

I created TheBackpackerTV because of my passion for the outdoors and seeing nature up close and personal. To inspire, and share all of our experiences so we can bring...

When should you pack your Winter Gear?

Backpacking in the late Fall, or early Winter is unlike any other season of the year, for obvious reasons. There are definitely some gear changes that need you need to...

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