Backpacking How-To & Tips

April 18, 2018

Rain pants are an important part of any hiker's inventory.  Being able to choose the right pair for you is a matter of understanding the basic features and how they best suit your needs.  There are basically three routes you can take when it comes to choosing rain pants: 

Full Side-Zip Pants

Examples: Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant ($100, 12oz.), Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant ($270, 12.9oz.), Black Diamond Stormline S...

March 8, 2018

Hiking the PCT, AT, CDT, or the JMT can all be a truly life-changing and wonderful experience - months away from work and electronic distractions while you reconnect with nature and meet tons of amazing people along the way.  But if you want to have a successful and fun hike, the most important thing you need to do is prepare your physically for such an undertaking.  A lack of training will turn what could have been an enjoyab...

November 22, 2017

Tent poles may last a long time, but the shock cord doesn't.   Eventually it becomes permanently stretched out and no longer holds the poles sections together.  I have a Kelty Quartz 2 tent that I've been using since about 2004.  The shock cord has become worn out and no longer has any stretch.  The tent has been useable, but I had to shove the tent cord into the poles to get the poles to fit together.  I decided it was finall...

June 7, 2017

Back when I was in Scouts, the Ten Essentials was a common topic of discussion.  We would often go over each item when preparing for a trip to make sure we were totally prepared for anything.  As an Eagle Scout (and honestly even just as a responsible outdoorsman) the Ten Essentials are still a piece of my kit that I put a lot of thought into.  Though I don't always adhere to the common list of Ten Essentials, which is as foll...

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