My mind is full of memories of my Scouting days from when I was a youth and truth be told, many of my best memories came from early Cub Scout campouts that would be the first steps towards me eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. Anything with the wilderness always caught my interest, so learning about wilderness survival, the importance of water, and the various ways to get … [Read more...] about How to Purify Water While Camping or Backpacking
There are some pieces of outdoor gear that are all but impossible to ignore or forget (like a giant family tent), but then there are small pieces of equipment that can be easy to overlook but are no less important. An ice axe (also spelled as ice ax) is one of those outdoor tools. Whether you are a regular scaling some questionable areas, an ultralight hiker on a thru-hike … [Read more...] about The Best Ice Axes Reviewed for 2019
Talking about crampons might not be sexy, but there's a reason they're so important to many backpackers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are many outdoor adventures I've managed to check off of the bucket list, and many more that I want to eventually knock off of my ridiculously long travel & outdoors bucket list, but one thing I'd like to avoid is careening … [Read more...] about Best Crampons (Ice/Snow Cleats) for Dicey Snowy Paths
This week we're glad to bring you a guest post from Laura that tackles a really important topic when it comes to long distance backpacking. Long distance hiking, multi-day backpacking journeys, wilderness treks - these are some of the great joys of my life. There are many great ways to enjoy the wild, but it is hard to top a long backpacking trip following a remote trail, or … [Read more...] about 7 Common Backpacking Struggles to Prepare for
So how much does it cost to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) if you are going to attempt to thru hike? Right off the bat this is a question that is of great interest to me because thru hiking the PCT is a huge bucket list goal of mine, and I am hoping (and working fervently) on setting myself up to hopefully make an attempt in 2019 (even if I know 2020 is a more realistic … [Read more...] about How Much Does It Cost To Hike The PCT?
This was one product that definitely made me do a double take the first time I saw someone using one of these bikes. Well more accurately, seeing a cyclist get off, and then suddenly their bike folded up into a small easy to package little square that could be easily lifted up and packed away. This looked awesome and got me wondering about the best folding bicycles currently … [Read more...] about Best Folding Bicycles Reviewed: Are They Right for You?
Hyrdration belts were always something that seemed a bit strange to me until I moved to an extremely hot climate. While these are extremely popular with runners (more on that in a minute), they are an excellent tool for hiking and backpacking, and a lot more convenient when you really need to put on those miles but don't want to stop, unpack the backpack, and pull a water … [Read more...] about The Best Hydration Belts Reviewed
There are few better ways to get me excited about the great outdoors and the day (or days) ahead then to mention the words "hike" or "hiking" around me. Whether it's because this seems like the natural outdoor activity to combine with a life-long obsession with wanderlust, travel, and exploration, or because there was just something about the steady pace through new parts of … [Read more...] about Choosing the Best Hiking Socks
There are all kinds of outdoor gear and not all of it is designed to be top of the line for professionals or fanatics. That's not a bad thing, either. Having multiple designs and a willingness to test out other shapes, designs, and materials helps bring us a wide variety of different outdoor tools and items and can eventually open up an entire new area of gear. Tri-fold … [Read more...] about The Best Tri-Fold Trekking Poles for Hikers & Backpackers
One of the problems with being embarrassed with certain outdoor topics is that you tend to then forget necessary equipment to make your camping and hiking experiences complete. If you're going to be camping a lot at rustic campsites, setting up hunting camps in the middle of nowhere, or doing some serious through hiking then you will want to make sure you have the right … [Read more...] about Best Camping Trowels Reviewed
Bear spray is one of those self-defense precautions that is critical if you want to ensure your safety and give yourself serious peace of mind when you are exploring the rugged beauty of areas that are solidly known as "bear country." Some of the most beautiful places in the country are the most isolated - and that just brings home why being prepared is an absolute … [Read more...] about Counter Assault Bear Spray Review
UDAP bear deterrent spray is one of the most popular brands of anti-bear attack deterrent that is currently out there on the market. While this definitely isn't necessary for every area, if you live in bear country then you want to take the proper precautions to make sure that you're protected in case you accidentally surprise a bear, find an overly curious one, or find … [Read more...] about UDAP Bear Spray Review