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 … More Canister Stoves and Cold Temperatures
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 … More 3 Tips for Enjoying the Winter
Hypothermia can be a serious threat, and it is all the more dangerous when you don’t really know what you’re dealing with. You don’t have to be in the Alaskan tundra to fall victim to this silent killer. Hypothermia can sneak in during a light rain on a 60 degree afternoon. Knowing the symptoms, and how … More Battling Hypothermia: A Survival guide.
When you’re hiking solo, the world is yours. You go out, do whatever you want, and there is not a soul, minus the occasional park ranger, to consider. Ah, but alas. Stuff another being inside your tent, especially that of a dissimilar sexual orientation, and suddenly your care free jaunt into the great beyond becomes something … More Backpacking with a partner
Ah, here it comes. That fresh, crisp fall air. The calming cool that brings with it the beautiful changing leaves and color. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to hike. You stay nice and cool during the day, and those falling leaves begin to slowly open up new vistas for the … More Dressing for Winter Hiking. Layering explained.
You’re not going to make your friends hate you by eating that pre-packed dehydrated junk. You’re going to need some real munition to start this war, and I plan to arm you to the teeth. I bring you, Backcountry Chicken and Stuffing. It’s simple, delicious, and will make everyone else around the campfire jealous. Serves two. … More Backcountry Chicken and Stuffing Recipe
I wanted to post a detailed page of what is currently in my backpack. These are the items that I carry, for various reasons. These are, in my opinion, some of the best pieces of equipment on the market. If you have any questions or comments, post them here! I’d love to hear what you … More What’s in my backpack? Summer 2014 edition
Many backpackers turn back when the rain begins to roll in, but those who persevere are treated to a version of the world reserved only for those who are bold enough to push forward when the wilderness pushes back. Backpacking in the rain doesn’t have to be miserable. In fact, backpacking in the rain can often … More Backpacking in the Rain.
An improperly packed backpack can not only be uncomfortable, but it can cause muscle strain, injury, headaches and trip stifling pain. A pack that’s off balance or fits loosely can result in loss of momentum, which tires you out sooner, or may even result in a fall. A fall with a heavy pack on can be … More How to pack your backpack
Often, the first complaint I hear from new backpackers is that they can’t sleep in the woods. Nothing quite sucks the life out of backpacking like knowing you’re going to sleep terribly, if at all, when you get out there. Let’s see if we can fix that. Here are some tips. Upgrade your sleep system … More How to Sleep Better in the Backcountry