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Ten essential and inexpensive pieces of gear for day hikers

Essential Gear for Day Hikers

Being prepared doesn’t require you to carry a heavy pack or buy a bunch of expensive gear. Here’s what I consider to be essential gear for day hikers- gear that could help save your life. When I was new to hiking I’d often hit the trail with nothing but a water bottle. I soon upgraded […]

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Five ways to save money on backpacking gear tips and secrets

Five Ways to Save Money on Backpacking Gear

There’s no way around it, backpacking, hiking, and camping gear is pricey, but there are easy ways to save money on backpacking gear. I’m a coupon-clipper, sales rack peruser, and a dedicated deal hunter. In my normal life I wouldn’t dream of paying full-price for anything, but when it comes to backpacking clothing and gear […]

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3-Day backpacking menu for meals that don't need a stove.

Menu for 3-Day Grand Canyon Backpacking

When we were planning for our 3-day Grand Canyon backpacking trip I just knew that I was going to have to break away from my standard backpacking menu of dehydrated and instant foods. The weather predicted a heatwave and temperatures at the bottom of the canyon were going to be over 100 degrees. I knew […]

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This packing list for beginner backpackers has everything you need for your first backpacking trip.

Packing List for Beginner Backpackers

Wondering what to pack for your first backpacking trip? This basic packing list for beginner backpackers has the essential gear to make your first backpacking trip a success. Hiking and backpacking are two of my favorite things in the world. While I’ve always enjoyed hiking it took me a bit longer to get into backpacking. […]

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