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...

Scott and Ariane January 17, 2009 1

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore was established to preserve and protect wilderness, natural ecosystems, and cultural resources along the dimi...

Staff Writer May 12, 2008 19

Aspen 40 Ultralight by Marmot

When I bought this ultralight sleeping bag from Dicks Sporting Goods, I was a little skeptical about just how rugged or comfortable this bag was going to be. I took this bag into the Arizona Desert r...

Staff Writer March 28, 2008 1

Don’t be Fooled by Warmer Weather

As Spring approaches, keep in mind that just because it's reaching 70+ degrees in Arizona, it's still only reaching 40 in Michigan. Those are the extremes, and we can pretty much tell the difference between the North and the South. However, what ab...