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How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

It’s easily overwhelming; With so many options, brands, designs and an entire book full of terminology, the simply act of choosing a tent can become nearly impossible. This guide is designed to simplify the act and to help you decide what you need out of tent, and what you don’t. Let’s get started. What do…

Ramen Max Patch

Backcountry Max Patch Mac and Cheese Recipe

A delicious and easy to prepare variation of the classic american mac and cheese recipe streamlined for flavor, nutrition and ease of cooking; This recipe swaps time and fuel consuming macaroni noodles with Ramen and utilizes easy to find ingredients for flair and variety. Prep takes takes about 10 minutes including boil time, and the ingredients…

Backcountry, overnight oatmeal (Midnight Oatmeal)

Frankly, the instant slop that comes out of paper packets is garbage. Flat, tasteless, texture-less and drowned in sugar and preservatives, it lacks the very essence that is oatmeal. Oatmeal should be three dimensional, exciting, tasty, and filling. This is how you can make that happen, easily, in the back-country. First things first, you’re going to…

The Best Backpacking Gear For A Budget

Getting into backpacking is hard. Not only is gear expensive, there are infinite choices for all the equipment that you’ll need, and everyone has differing opinions on what is best. I’ve devised my recommendations based on years of experience and years of hands on testing. The products you’ll find in this article are what I consider the…

Backpacking Field Repair Kit

It doesn’t matter how much you spend, how careful you are, or how experienced you’ve become; You will eventually damage a vital piece of gear in the backcountry. Tents rip, poles snap, pads puncture, and boots separate. Knowing how to repair your gear is one thing, but if you do not have the proper tools…

How light is too light?

To some, obsessing about every gram of weight in the pack isn’t just a means or a hobby; it’s a way of life. This is no alternative. It’s cutting straps off of packs, pulling stickers off packaging, trimming unneeded corners off maps, sleeping under a tarp, and eating dry granola for breakfast. To me, that’s not backpacking.…

Canister Stoves and Cold Temperatures

Canister stoves work best at a temperature of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, but what happens when the temperature drops? You end up with a sputtering, stuttery, inefficient mess of a cooking system that may or may not even bring your water to a boil. What can you do? Let’s start with the basics. The…

3 Tips for Enjoying the Winter

Winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. When you’re prepared, winter can be just as warm and enjoyable as the spring, but with far less crowding on the trails. Here are a few tips on  how to enjoy yourself this winter. Dress well Most of the people I talk to who say they…