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Hiking and Backpacking Injuries and Other Medical Issues Dominant inReach SOS Incidents

Data from 10,000 inReach SOS incidents show that hikers and backpackers needing emergency assistance for injuries and other medical issues is the predominant inReach use case.

Garmin inReach Messenger (Preview/Updated)

The Garmin inReach Messenger provides seamless messaging across cellular, WiFi, and satellite networks for only 4.0 ounces. It offers some compelling features over its closest competitor, the Zoleo Satellite Communicator, including an on-device display that makes it a viable standalone device when used without a smartphone.

Can Apple’s New iPhone 14 Replace Your Garmin inReach?

Should/will the iPhone 14 replace my Garmin inReach (or similar satellite messaging devices)?

Backpacking is Pointless, and That’s the Point

Maybe not everything about ultralight backpacking has to be optimized.

The Backpacking Tithe Revisited

Further reflections on short trips vs. thru-hiking.

Ultralight Cottage Gear Makers Reflect On The Last Few Years

Cottage backpacking gear makers face supply chain and logistical challenges but find fulfillment in other aspects of their operations.

Longest Known Soaking at Goldbug Hot Springs

A well-timed winter backpacking trip allowed for priceless solitude at an oft-crowded Idaho hot springs.

Canyons and Contemplation

Exploration and reflection on a backpacking trip in the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

Tent Fitting the Easy Way

If you are struggling to find a shelter that fits, you aren't alone. We provide some (mostly useful) advice in the context of a pop culture tour.

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