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?
This article explores the benefits of backcountry fishing (especially tenkara), including the incorporation of fish in your diet and potential food weight savings.
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.
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.
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.
Ursacks are lighter alternatives to bear canisters for food storage but require the right knots and tying locations to protect your food.
An overview of how Leave No Trace techniques can be applied to winter backpacking.
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.
Two ibuprofen and a five-year-old Band-Aid ain't gonna cut it.
Having accessible "pockets" on your pack is useful for keeping little bits of gear handy without taking off your pack. But consider a multi-use pouch that can also be worn as a standalone fanny-style pack.
How is it possible to spend three-to-six months walking through the woods and still have a relationship left to come home to? In this article, I chat with a mental health expert and share some tips to help you maintain a strong relationship while backpacking.
Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Cold Winter Temperatures (Two-Layer Systems, Vapor Barriers, and Really Puffy Stuff)
Lightweight backpacking gear for winter temperatures: two-layer insulation systems, vapor barrier systems, and really puffy stuff.
This article provides an overview of coffee-making methods (how to make coffee in the backcountry) while backpacking, with a study of their complexity and weight.
How to create a lightweight sunscreen strategy by using your backpacking apparel and supplies.
A short, detailed discussion on immersion foot and maceration, how to deal with it in the backcountry and when not to.
This article features an interview with a Canadian Mountain Rescue Medic, focusing on how to assemble lightweight first aid and trauma kits for backcountry travel.
Most advice about minimalist footwear can be rejected outright. Often, the advice is given by hikers who haven't put in the time required to understand the complexity and depth of foot biomechanics and the long-term effects of overuse that is endured by walking for decades. Here are some guiding principles if you want to keep hiking into your sunset years, so you can delay the inevitable onset of overuse conditions like hallux rigidus.
This article describes natural navigator techniques I’ve found helpful while bushwhacking - navigating without a compass, map, or GPS.