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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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Backpacking is all about escaping technology and returning to the basics. But, for safety reasons I can’t escape completely. I use my Garmin InReach SE paired with my iPhone as my GPS navigation and emergency transponder. When I’m backpacking I try to use electronics as little as possible, but I always bring a back-up portable […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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. […]Read More