Backpacking Guides & Gear Reviews Archives

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Introductory Guides: Thru-Hiking 101

Are you considering a thru-hike? Looking for first-hand insight into the planning, gear, and mindset necessary for completing a thru-hike? We’ll help identify popular routes for your first thru-hike, likely obstacles you may encounter along the way and valuable insight into trail culture.

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External versus Internal Frame Backpacks: Which is Better?

An External vs Internal Frame Backpack? Which is Better? We’re going to take a look at those differences by doing a bit of digging into the merits of the external frame backpack and weighing them up against the benefits of the more common (nowadays), internal frame backpack to help you decide what is right for you!

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How to Identify & Treat Exposure to Poison Ivy

Spend enough time outdoors, and you’re sure to encounter that dastardly villain commonly known as poison ivy rash. Learning how to identify and treat the rash is a valuable skill to have if you plan to spend much time trekking around the backcountry. Check out our guide to find out how.

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How to use Trekking Poles

Trekking pole use for hiking, walking, and backpacking is a given for most experienced outdoor travelers, yet we often see new hikers hesitant to bring them along. Check out our tips below on why you should be using trekking poles, how to use them properly, and when to adapt their set-up for various terrain.

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The 7 Best Backpacking Towels of 2020

If you are heading out on the trail and want to keep clean without the bulk of a regular towel, then you should consider investing in a lightweight microfiber backpacking towel. We’ve put 7 of the best backpacking towels on the market through their paces and break down our recommendations based on your needs.

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Going in the Woods: How to Dig a Cathole

One of the seven principals of Leave No Trace tackles the issue of human waste, so on a personal level, how do we accomplish this? We’ll guide you through the what? the why? the when? and the how? of digging a cathole in the woods.

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Backpacking Checklist: 3 Season Gear List

Never leave anything important behind again, with our comprehensive Backpacking Checklist. We give you the lowdown on what you absolutely need, what we would recommend and what is either optional or pointless in our editable/downloadable & printable checklist.

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The Indispensable Guide to Backpacking for Beginners

As experienced backpackers, it’s clear to us the many reasons why hiking and backpacking has exploded in popularity over the last decade. If you are interested in getting started, we take you through everything you need to know in our backpacking for beginners guide.