An unexpected rainstorm and inadequate gear threaten to end one hiker's PCT dreams, and potentially his life. Chapter 3 from Lawton Grinter's new book I Hike: Mostly True Stories from 10,000 Miles of Hiking.
The evolution of the frameless backpack and an analysis of current technology and features of four lightweight packs: the Golite Jam, Mountain Hardwear Thruway, Black Diamond Demon, and the authors MYOG Black and White pack.
Weatherproof, lightweight, breathable. Might the windshirt be the ultimate tool in the lightweight backpacker's arsenal?
A new installment of the "24" series - stories about "24 hour" overnight trips.
Photos and a Gear List from the 2012 Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp.
Volcanoes, hot springs, and breathtaking vistas in the Chilean Andes.
The Pilgrimage via Grasshopper Ridge
Is this the longest, toughest, roughest or hardest? The beauty of it is that at the finish no one knew or cared. Every competitor was left with indelible experiences, challenges accepted and honestly won or lost. Each had started with a clean slate and had accomplished every step in the wilderness through their own efforts. -Adrian Crane, writing about the Classic in Ultrarunning (1986)
Ryan and a group of Scouts search for solitude in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar River Valley
A look at several different chemical techniques for treating water in the backcountry.
Part 3 of this series takes a critical look at several water treatment technologies available to backpackers
Remove, kill, or inactivate? Part two of this series analyzes the legal and technical definitions as well as the practical significance of water purification and filtration.
The first part of this series provides an overview of the threats that can exist in untreated (and in some cases treated) water sources. Squeamish and hypochondriac readers be warned.
Backpacking and Packrafting Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness
First update from Balls and Sunshine on their journey along the Appalachian Trail!
Weatherproof, lightweight, breathable. Might the windshirt be the ultimate tool in the lighwieght backpacker's arsenal?