Sleeping Pads 101 – What to Look for in a Sleeping Pad
The Sleeping Pad Shopping GuideRight up there with your tent and sleeping bag, the sleeping pad is one of the most important pieces of gear that will determine whether or not you have a good night's rest when you're backpacking. Choose wisely and you'll sleep like a baby, waking up refreshed to take on the […]
Addicted to caffeine? How to get your fix when you're backpacking
I'm 100% addicted to coffee. I start every morning with a hot cup of coffee and if I don't, I get a headache and feel groggy by lunch time. I need my caffeine fix in the morning, especially if I'm going to be hiking with a 40 lb pack on my back. But what's the best […]
Best Backpacking Pillow of 2019 - Hands On with Detailed Pics
For die-hard hikers, a quality backpacking pillow may seem like a luxury that few can afford, or at the very least an after-thought. Go on the ultralight backpacking forums asking for pillow advice and get prepared for a beat down! Depending on who you ask, a backpacking pillow is either a crazy luxury, waste of space or […]
Don't Get Buried! How to Find the Best Snow Shovel for Backpacking
Can You Be Ultralight with a Snow Shovel?If you're planning a backpacking trip in snowy conditions, you'll need a snow shovel. And when I saw snowy conditions, I'm not talking about starting an Appalachian Trail thru hike in March. Yah, there might be some snow, but I'm talking about accumulations of snow on the ground. […]
How to Choose the Right Gear - Ultralight Gear Guide
Since I started backpacking a few years ago I've dropped some pieces of gear I didn't like (looking at you Sawyer filter that was always clogged up) and I've upgraded some pieces to reduce my overall weight. After my real world experience and reading tons of reviews, this is all of the gear I'd choose […]
Pooping in the Woods – The Best Backpacking Trowel
There aren't many things in the world that are more refreshing than taking a nice, morning dump in the wilderness as you watch the sun rise. Here's what my view looked like in Colorado as I took that glorious, post-coffee shit in the Rawah Wilderness.But you can't just poop on the ground. Leave No Trace […]
The Surprising Reason Why You Need a Backpacking Thermometer
When I was in Colorado last year hiking the Rawah Wilderness, I set up my tent, ate dinner, did some fishing, and hung out with my buddy before getting ready to go to sleep. It started to get pretty cold. I don't know how cold, because I didn't have a thermometer, but I was wearing my sleeping bag […]
The Best Tent Stakes for Backpacking
How To Find the Best Ultralight Tent Stakes for BackpackingTent stakes are usually one of the last pieces of gear you'd ever think about upgrading. Tent stakes are mostly unseen and definitely not as fun to shop for. But if you've ever been backpacking during a storm or in strong winds, you'll quickly appreciate high […]
Backpacking Gear List: Beginner Recommendations
New to backpacking or looking to upgrade your outdoor gear? Check out this backpacking gear list for awesome quality gear that won't break the bank.
15 Tent Hacks to Make Your Tent the Comfiest Place on Earth
Camping in a tent doesn't have to mean roughing it if that's not your style. These tent hacks will make your tent super comfy!
21 Family Camping Tips That Will Ensure An Awesome Time - LASSO THE MOON
Camping isn’t really a vacation, but it makes for good memories. Being unprepared can make camping challenging. Ensure your next trip is awesome. Below are twenty-one family camping tips shared by our friend Julie (from Happy Strong Home) to ensure your next adventure is a success. We decided to start camping later in life. Neither my …
A 2oz Multitool?! How to Find the Best Leatherman Multitool
How To Choose The Best Leatherman Multitool for BackpackingA good knife or multitool is a necessity for any backpacker. Going into unknown conditions, you need to be prepared for anything you might come across in the back country. Instead of jamming your pack full of things you might not need, you can pick up a […]
Backpacking Food Showdown - MRE vs Mountain House
Do MREs Make Sense For Backpackers?MRE stand for Meal, Ready to Eat and they're most commonly used as single serve meals for U.S. soldiers who are deployed in active duty. But lately they've taken on another use: as an alternative meal for backpackers. MREs have a lot of calories in them which makes them appealing […]
The Best Ultralight Tents
When you are backpacking or trekking and carrying your own tent, it is all so important to make sure the tent not only meets your needs when you are sleeping or resting, but also when you are carrying it. There is so much more to consider with these types of tents.
Osprey Exos 48 Review
Osprey Exos 48 Pack Review- A Lightweight Pack for Serious HikersOsprey quality in a bite-size shape that should make even the crunchiest thru-hikers happy. Weighing in at 2lbs 10oz, this pack is agile enough for light hiking and comfortable enough for those who like to carry a bit more electronics than the average backpacker. Internal […]
Are you over 6' 0"? Here are the Best Tents for Tall People
Our top 5 choices for tents built for people who are taller than 6'. Finding a tent as a tall person can be hard but we've got 5 good choices that will fit people of any height.