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Freeze-Drying Your Own Backpacking Meals: How to Eat Your Favorite Town Food on the Trail

In this freeze-drying installment, we discuss the history of freeze-drying and experiment with using a freeze dryer to prepare our favorite take-out town meal for enjoyment in the backcountry.

Using Alum to Clarify Muddy Water on Trips

A lesson in chemistry provides the solution for how to treat extremely muddy water sources in the backcountry.

Why and How to Organize and Pack Backpacking Gear on the Trail and in Camp

Having an intentional, consistent, and efficient approach to packing your gear for a backpacking trip saves time and energy while hiking and in camp.

How to Use an Ursack

Ursacks are lighter alternatives to bear canisters for food storage but require the right knots and tying locations to protect your food.

Leave No Trace Winter Backpacking Best Practices

An overview of how Leave No Trace techniques can be applied to winter backpacking.

Why You Should Spend a Few Ounces of Pack Weight on Rainwear Ventilation Features

In this article, we make the case for spending some extra weight on rain jackets and rain pants that offer more ventilation features (and durability) than typical ultralight rainwear styles.

Thinking Behind the Gate

Now when I'm reading on an NPS or USFS website and see "gate closed until..." I don't see a barrier - I see an opportunity for solitude.

Using a New Sport to Refine Your Ultralight Philosophy

Single-speed all the way, baby.

Backpacking First-Aid Philosophies

Two ibuprofen and a five-year-old Band-Aid ain't gonna cut it.

Winter Backpacking When There’s No Snow?

My shelter, sleep, clothing, water, and cook system for when temps drop but full-on winter snow and wind hasn't yet arrived.

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