Brian Conghalie

Brian has been an avid hiker and backpacker since he was a small kid, often being taken out into the wilderness on trips with his father. His dad knew everything about nature and the wilderness (or at least that's how it seemed to a ten year old Brian).

After high school, he went to university to read for both a BS and MS in Geology (primarily so he could spend his time outside rather than in a classroom). He's now hiked, camped, skied, backpacked or mapped on five continents (still need to bag Antarctica) & 30 of the US states.

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Best Daypacks for Hiking: Field-Trialed & Tested [2024 Update]

Our top-ten list includes daypacks for every occasion, from ultralight models for peak-bagging missions and side trips to comfortable all-day carries for longer trips with heavier loads.
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Best Compass For Hiking and Backpacking:2024 Update

An essential for the outdoors, picking the best compass for hiking is simple with our hands-on reviews of the top models.
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Best Freeze-Dried Food Brands for Backpacking [2024 Edition]

If you’re heading on a longer trip in the backcountry, freeze-dried food is the way to go. Find out why, and discover the tastiest freeze-dried meals out there, in this detailed buying guide.
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Best Camping in Utah: 10 Top Camping Spots

From Zion to the Dixie forest, UT has truly awesome landscapes - make sure you enjoy your time check our guide to the Best Camping in Utah!
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Best Camping Knife: Tested and Reviewed [2024 Update]

In this guide, we introduce you to seven of our favorite camping knives. From full-tang, fixed-blade knives to pocketable folding knives, our list has something for everyone!
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Best Instant Tents: Field-Trialed & Tested [2024 Update]

Instant tents save you time (and stress!) and give you more time to relax and enjoy your camping trips. Find the ideal instant tent for you in our review of this year’s top 7 models.
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Best Camping in Tennessee: Top Ten Campgrounds

If you're planning to vacation in the Volunteer state then be sure to check out our guide to the ten best camping spots in Tennessee! From remote wilderness camping to modern RV parks we have something for everyone!
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Best 4-Person Tents: Trialed & Tested [2024 Update]

Twos company, threes a crowd, fours a party? In our guide to the best 4-person tent find out what models will best suit you and your fellow campers' camping style and what features to specifically look out for.
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Best Tent Brands (and Shelters) of 2024

If you overnight in the wilderness, you'll need shelter. We've reviewed some of the Best Tent Brands and their latest models to help you pick a favorite.