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...

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...