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Backpacking Basics

May 29, 2019

My backpacking food plan

At home, I don’t have any problem eating enough, but when I’ve been exerting a lot, especially during prime alpine backpacking season when it’s hot and my energy is easily depleted, I have a hard time wanting to eat on backpacking trips. And I’m a picky eater, so that makes it even harder!

May 15, 2019

Backpacking Gear List

This is my typical three-season backpacking gear list, with info about how I use each item.

September 16, 2018

How to lighten the load of your backpack

Like pretty much everyone who backpacks, I’ve been looking for ways for lighten my load to make the trips I do take less of a toll on my body. Over two years, with the purchase of a few new items and the leaving behind of a few more, I’ve cut a total of 5.5 pounds from my pack weight!

May 14, 2018

DIY Sawyer Squeeze gravity filter system

No more pumping or squeezing! Convert a Sawyer Squeeze water filter and let gravity do the work of filtering water for you.

February 18, 2018

A short story about snow camping

You’ve been snow camping before and liked it so you want to go again. But this time, to a bigger mountain that you’ve never seen up-close in the winter.

July 22, 2017

How to Prepare for Mosquitoes on Hiking & Backpacking Trips

I am one of the unlucky souls that mosquitoes love, yet I don’t want that to stop me from being able to go hiking and backpacking. To prepare for trips into areas that are known to have a lot of the biting nuisances, I use a three-step method.

November 19, 2016

How to Help to Protect Wilderness Areas: 10 Organizations to Consider Supporting

Make a positive difference: support non-profit environmental and trail-related organizations that are doing important work to help protect wilderness areas.

May 6, 2015

The Ten Essentials

The level of preparation required to be safe on a wilderness hike varies based on location, weather and type of outing, but here are the essential items that all hikers should have while hiking or backpacking.

April 25, 2015

my first backpacking trip

How I converted from being a day hiker and car camper to first time backpacker.

April 16, 2015

Leave No Trace Principles

The basis for the Leave No Trace principle is to leave nature in the same or better condition than you found it.