Nine tips for preparing your gear for backcountry adventures.
The folks at TheTrek have just published their annual Thru-Hiker Survey of Sleeping Bags and Pads (a.k.a best gear to take on an Appalachian Trail thru-hike). Whether you’re gearing up for a long-distance hike, a section hike or just want to upgrade your worn out gear, this is a great place to start. Like the majority […]
If you have outdoor adventurers on your shopping list, I have a few suggestions to share. I hope you find these five gifts for hikers and backpackers serve double-duty as problem solvers (for the givers) and happy surprise (for the recipients). Hydrapak Stash 1L Bottle. I love this bottle (I bought two). Here’s why — it collapses down […]
“You have the knee cartilage of a 24-year old” That’s what my doctor announced after reviewing x-rays taken when I was age 58. After hiking over 8,000 miles in three decades — most with a pack weighing 40 pounds or more — the news didn’t surprise me much. Over the years, my knees only bothered […]
Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment you have on the trail. They may seem like a fairly simple bit of outdoor gear, but there’s actually a lot more that goes into a pair of hiking boots than meets the eye. And although you don’t need to know every intricacy of how your […]
I was in my early 20s, preparing for a six-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail when I picked up a hardcover version of one of the most influential books of my life, The New Complete Walker, by Colin Fletcher. I had already read his books The Thousand Mile Summer and The Man Who Walked […]