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
I was there once, bag packed, ready to head out into the woods. I was sure I had everything I needed for a good nights sleep out in the woods. That’s when I tried to lift my backpack and load it into the car, all 40 pounds of it. “Wow, that’s heavy”, I thought as … More A Beginners’ Guide to Backpacking
Most people can pitch a tent, few people can pitch a tent properly. A loose, flappy, saggy tent is not only annoying in the wind, it’s not performing properly and can even fail under the weight of a storm. A properly pitched tent should be taut, and quiet in the wind. Improper pitching can cause … More How to Properly Pitch a Tent