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Everything You Need to Know About Finding the Right Backpacking Knife

To use one of the most over-quoted movie lines on the planet… “That’s not a knife, THAT’S A KNIFE.” – Crocodile Dundee Whether you are a seasoned backpacker or weekend warrior, there’s one piece of equipment that is universal to the wilderness – a dependable pocket knife. Choosing a knife that fills your backpacking needs

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Backpacking Essentials: A Complete Checklist to go Ultralight

Are you wondering what you need to bring for a long-distance thru hike? Backpacking for extended periods of time takes careful preparation and planning. Whether you’re taking a 10 day trip along the Wonderland Trail or tackling a leg of the¬†Triple Crown. It’s important to understand what you need and what you don’t need, rather

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31 Ultralight Backpacking Tips To Cut Pack Weight

Ultralight backpacking isn’t a science, it’s a folly of errors. The best way to learn what you need and don’t need is to pack your bags and go. Chances are you will soon realize that 40 pounds and the kitchen sink aren’t all that helpful. Fortunately, you can skip the shoulder and lower back pain

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Which Backpacking Stove is Right for Me?

Whether you’re waking up in the morning to a hot cup of joe, finishing the day with a steaming hot meal, or sanitizing your drinking water. There’s one lightweight simple piece of equipment can handle all three tasks, the question is, which backpacking stove is right for you? Backpacking stoves have gotten lighter and more

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What are the Health Benefits of Trail Mix?

Trail mix or gorp has been a staple in the hiking world for over a century and is a welcomed snack on a hot summer day or a cold winter afternoon. Today it has evolved well past the simple recipe that is GORP. If you don’t know what GORP is, it has a couple of

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How to Sanitize Your Drinking Water While Backpacking

A beautiful spring morning in the backcountry, you wake up next to the sun rising just above the trees on the horizon. Basking in the enjoyment of the morning sun, the warm feel of a cup of coffee, and enjoying the sun beginning to burst over the horizon, displaying all the colors of a kaleidoscope.

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The 5 Best Backpacking Hammocks with a Mosquito Net

Mosquitos suck. Imagine a backpacking trip that you don’t have to sleep on the ground or worry about mosquito bites, sounds rad right? The only steps are to find a couple points to hang it up and hop on in. This sounds like a romantic notion, however, you forgot about all the bugs who see

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23 Awesome Backpacking Foods You Need To Know About

Trail diets. Not that sexy of a term and the sound alone brings to mind freeze dried food, oatmeal, lentils, and rice. Backpacking foods have evolved as the backpacking industry has evolved, making the dream of beer and chili on the trail a reality for many of us. Your backpacking food needs to be high

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Warning! 11 Beginner Hiking Mistakes to Avoid

Beginning hiking mistakes are something that I know well, having made all of them myself at some point in time. There is no one that starts anything as a pro. There are certain endeavors that some people have a natural talent for. For example… As much as I want to be a running back in

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