Best North America Backpacking Trails
Scott Janz September 27, 2016 3

North America Top 10 Hikes

If you had to pick the best trail to go backpacking on, where would you pick? We pick the top 10 Backpacking experiences in North America. The criteria we to pick the top ten was simple. Views, the length of hike, and difficultly. First we looked a...

Scott Janz September 12, 2016 0

How to Clean Your Brain by Hitting the Trail

As an outdoor Instructor and someone who has backpacked for a long time, I often hear a ton of excuses as to why people just can't find the time to spend a weekend outdoors.  With the "healthy living" movement, you would think that people would be ...

Scott Janz September 7, 2016 2

To Carry or Not to Carry the Bear Canister

Bear Canisters and the governing rule to carry them in some wilderness areas and on some parts of our National Park Trails has come to some debate recently. Are they working to keep Bears from associating people (backpackers) with food?  Each gover...

TheBackPacker June 17, 2016 1

Backpackers would survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Being a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead, I often ask myself. "If things go bad, what outdoor gear in my closet do I have to survive the Zombie Apocalypse"? First let me sa...

TheBackPacker June 12, 2016 1

Lightweight Backpacking doesn’t have to be expensive

If you are new to the outdoor backpacking scene you will quickly learn that gear can be expensive. Especially lightweight gear. One of the statements I get from new people I take out in the backcountry is "What if I need it"? So they tend to carry ...

TheBackPacker May 10, 2016 0

A Simple Hike Goes Wrong

This last weekend I went up to Northern Georgia to scout out some campsites in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  There were a couple of Forest Roads that intersected with each other and looked as if they went along a few small rivers. One of whic...

TheBackPacker March 18, 2012 0

Choosing the Best Gaiters

Hiking gaiters can be an essential piece of gear when your backpacking in the Spring or Winter. I find in early Spring when it's still wet, muddy, and cold, gaiters can keep my boots and socks pretty dry. Hiking Gaiters are normally a synthetic ...

TheBackPacker February 16, 2012 0

Clean Water Everytime by UV Light

Bottled water is a bit of a fad and a strange thing to pay for, considering water makes up majority of our planet (yeah yeah, it’s purified and all that). Wait a second – now you can get purification without having to fork out money for every li...

ficade March 4, 2010 3

Tarp Tenting For the First Time

As I am always looking to lighten my pack load, it was a just a matter of time before I ditched the tent and tried sleeping under a tarp. Choosing the right tarp was a little exhausting, however it all came down to simplicity and price. My firs...

Editor July 19, 2009 3

Top Ten Hiking Videos

There are tons of hiking/backpacking videos out there on YouTube and Vimeo. Unfortunatley, only a small percentage ever get seen by a large audience. I put together a list of what I believe are the top ten hiking/backpacking videos. The criter...

Editor April 18, 2009 4

Assessing Your Backpacking Gear

I often get questions about what kind of gear is needed versus what is expendable. The expendable gear for example might be "comforts", i.e magazines, cosmetics, extra utensils. Here is a list of gear that I absolutely feel is essential. Whether y...

ficade April 13, 2009 3

Marmot Aspen 15 Adventurer

One of the pieces of gear I'm always playing with are good quality sleeping bags. There are so many of them and some can get expensive. But for me, it's a matter of what works. Not the money I spend on them. You can caught up in popular trends or b...