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Lightweight Backpacks – How Light?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

How light is light? Lightweight backpacks weigh less than three pounds, a standard I just invented. There are good packs under three pounds for almost all types of trips. My ... Read more..

Bivy Sacks – Making Them Yourself

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

If you have ever looked at bivy sacks in catalogs or online, you know they can be claustrophobic and expensive. I can't help you much with the first, except to ... Read more..

Wilderness Survival Backpacking Tips

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Why should you learn wilderness survival skills just for backpacking? They may save your life someday, and for ultralight enthusiasts like myself, skills replace gear, and therefore weight. The best ... Read more..

Choosing A Backpacking Stove

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Backpacking stoves have continued to get smaller, lighter, and easier to use. With advances in stove design, improvements in pre-prepared backpacking food, and regulations limiting fires in National Forests, more ... Read more..

Best Backpacking Foods

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Maybe your favorite backpacking food is a freeze-dried turkey dinner. There really is no "best" backpacking food. There are reasons to bring certain foods, though. Here are ten foods, and ... Read more..

Sleeping Pads For Lightweight Backpacking

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Ultralight backpackers want to give up weight, not comfort. Sleeping Pads For Lightweight Backpacking are pretty much a necessity for backpacking comfort, but who wants to carry those monstrous old ... Read more..

Backpacking In Siena, Italy

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Siena is located an hour or so outside of Florence, Italy. My handy dandy guidebook suggested it was a side trip that just had to be made. Backpacking In Siena can ... Read more..

Lightweight Backpacking Techniques

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

These lightweight backpacking techniques  and tips are options or ideas, not recommendations. I tend towards the extreme side of ultralight backpacking, and if you don't know yourself or your skills, ... Read more..

Lightweight Backpacking

Thursday, September 21st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

You aren't lightweight backpacking if you are carrying twenty-five pounds for a summer weekend. I invent these standards, but I try to be reasonable. I backpack with less than fifteen ... Read more..

How To Stay Warm Backpacking

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Stay warm or die. That's what it comes down to at the extremes.More people die in the wilderness of exposure than from any other cause. Staying warm, of course, also ... Read more..

Lightweight Tents – How Light?

Friday, September 1st, 2017 Posted in Camping | No Comments »

Why use lightweight tents and ultralight tents? Because a heavy tent is one of the biggest obstacles to lightweight backpacking. You have to cut the weight of the "big three" ... Read more..

Tarp Shelters For Lightweight Backpackers

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Why use tarp shelters? The biggest reason ultralight backpackers use them is to reduce pack weight. The lightest tent you can find will be close to three pounds. Some of ... Read more..

Backpacking Journals – Preserve Your Backpacking Experiences

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Backpacking is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature. Alas, your backpacking experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is ... Read more..

Essentials For Backpacking Trips

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Wilderness trips can be dangerous, but you can make then less so. The following ten essentials for backpacking trips can make a huge difference on your trips success. Knowledge. What good ... Read more..

Ultralight Backpacking List – 3 Days Under 10 Pounds

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Here's an ultralight backpacking list, an example of what I typically take on a weekend hike. We're all different in our needs and skills, though, so please don't take it ... Read more..

Features To Look For In Portable Solar Power Systems

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

There are lots of issues to think about when considering portable solar power systems. Some of the items are features include the following. How much does it weigh? If you ... Read more..

Backpacking Must Haves

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

A little forethought and organization will payoff in a great memorable adventure for that next outdoors excursion you may have planned. There are some backpacking must haves that campers and ... Read more..

What Makes A Hiking Boot Great

Friday, November 18th, 2016 Posted in Backpacking | 1 Comment »

What makes a hiking boot great? How do you chose footwear for comfort, protection, and durability. Choosing hiking boots and footwear is one of the most important decisions you as a ... Read more..

Tarp Shelters For Lightweight Backpackers

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 Posted in Backpacking | No Comments »

Why use tarp shelters? The biggest reason ultralight backpackers use them is to reduce pack weight. The lightest tent you can find will be close to three pounds. Some of ... Read more..

Hiking safety guidelines

Monday, June 9th, 2014 Posted in Camping | No Comments »

We read the following set of guidelines in a newspaper the other day and thought these hiking guidelines would be worth re-posting on our blog for interested readers. Hiking in ... Read more..

Backpacking Tips

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 Posted in Backpacking | 1 Comment »

Travelers whether in your own country or around the world enjoy seeing the sights and wonders of different places. Many travel  with only a backpack for all the things they ... Read more..

Backpacking Gear

Monday, January 25th, 2010 Posted in Backpacking | 2 Comments »

Whether you are planning a one day backpacking hike or a weeks backpacking through the wilderness, it pays to be prepared and carry all of the right backpacking gear. You ... Read more..

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