Backpacking Light
Scott Janz November 9, 2016 3

Essential Tips For Reducing Weight

You might be surprised how fast you can overpack your backpack. There are 3 "big ticket" essentials as I call them, that are not only important, but impact your total pack wieght. Keep in mind, though, it is a process. You have to be willing to be ...

Scott Janz November 2, 2016 1

Backpacking Trail Etiquette Stay on the Trail

Trail etiquette is huge! It separates you from knowing what you're doing, from people not liking you. I have seen this a hundred times on the trail. For example: If you bring your dog, leash it during meal time. Some other questions I get such as, ...

How to backpacking on the Appalachian Trail on a budget
Scott Janz October 27, 2016 0

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 comforts of home, your Starbucks Latte, and a warm bed means breaking the bank,

Using Your Poncho as a Tarp
Scott Janz October 27, 2016 0

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 have little problem with that statement; it only makes sense that if you reduce t...

How to backpacking on the Appalachian Trail
Scott Janz October 25, 2016 0

The most important piece of gear a Backpacker will ever need

If I have learned one thing after 20 years of backpacking. It's that everyone has their own gear preference. Every backpacker that I have ever met on the trail has their own system and has their favorites when it comes to gear. I mean, we can never...

TheBackPacker October 12, 2016 0

Scott Gauvin talks about Gear Forward

We love our backpacking community so when we get a chance to actually talk to a fellow backpacker, we jump at it. Recently Scott Gauvin from www.hikingforward.com reached out to us about his passion for ge...

Scott Janz October 10, 2016 0

A Look Behind the Documentary UNBOUNDED

Recently we had the pleasure of touching base with Film Director Garrett Martin who is the brainstorm behind the project UNBOUNDED: Patagonia Documentary We were fascinated about how 4 people came toge...

How to Pack your Backpack in the Winter
Scott Janz October 6, 2016 0

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 be aware of. Not to mention, it's COLDER. When I go backpacking in the Winter, t...

Scott Janz October 4, 2016 1

How to pick backpacking hats, caps, and beanies

It's that time of year again. We start dusting off our Fall and Winter gear and start thinking of cold weather hiking/backpacking. So many people overlook the importance of a good quality warm hat. Keeping your head warm in the cold weather is impo...

Scott Janz September 30, 2016 6

PCT Method – Hanging a Bear Bag

Affectionately known by the lightweight hiking underground as the "PCT Method" (presumably because it was first used by long distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail), a bear bag hanging method exists that is lighter, requires less rope, offers t...

Wilderness camping ethics
Scott Janz September 30, 2016 0

Finding the Perfect Campsite

You've been trekking all day in the wilderness. Your tired, sore and ready to get into your sleeping bag. The campsite is a important part of your backpacking experience. A good campsite definitely contributes to a great trip...and a poor campsite ...

Scott Janz September 27, 2016 0

Top 5 Fall Backpacking Destinations

Fall is when most hikers, backpackers, and campers really get motivated to get out into nature and soak in all the colors of the Season. So we put together the top 5 backpacking destination to see spectacular fall colors and hike some amazing trail...