Ryan discusses how you build and utilize your stove system for winter cooking and snow melting to maintain hydration.
Ryan shares some principles about how to manage wildlife encounters, based on his own encounters with wild animals in the backcountry.
America’s National Parks each have different food storage requirements for backpackers. This article discusses the requirements, various options, and focuses on what bear canisters are exemplary options, and why.
What is hypothermia, and how do you treat it with an ultralight backcountry gear kit?
Learn how to manage thermoregulation while hiking through effective utilization of your palms.
This article explores the benefits of backcountry fishing (especially tenkara), including the incorporation of fish in your diet and potential food weight savings.
Drew Smith talks about the place of home freeze-drying in the wider context of trail food strategies, and attempts freeze dried french toast!
Home Freeze-dryers are handy but expensive. Are they worth the cost? We show you how to find out.
Can an ancient Roman philosophy make you a better backpacker? It all depends upon your application.
A few suggestions for your next out of the ordinary adventure.
Camping near hot springs can be a magical experience for backpackers, but these unique natural features require special care to minimize human impact.
Learn Ryan Jordan's process for discovering hidden backcountry routes by integrating current base maps, satellite imagery layers, and historical USGS maps.
Learn how to identify and use lines of position to help fix your location on a map while traveling in the backcountry.
An online live (and recorded) webinar introduction to map and compass use for hiking and backpacking.
In this video, I walk through how I use slope angle overlays and satellite imagery to plan off-trail mountaineering routes, focusing on Gaia GPS as the digital mapping software.
Learning how to use the Garmin inReach Mini (or Mini 2) satellite communicator without a smartphone opens up opportunities for overall battery management and more efficient messaging, navigation, and tracking.
In part four of his ongoing series, Drew Smith tackles freeze-drying a smoothie.
Drew Smith makes the case for backpacking ponchos. They provide more ventilation vs. rain jackets and can also function as ultralight tarps.
In part three of his ongoing series on freeze-drying, Drew Smith explores the science behind how freeze-drying preserves important nutrients - and why it matters.
What's the best way to store water bottles while backpacking? You've got some options, but the answer depends on what you want to achieve.