Helinox Chair One Review

The Helinox Chair One is the perfect backpacking chair for me! They make an ultralight version but I found the Helinox One to be the perfect balance of stability, comfort and travel size. It packs up small and is very lightweight. To make things even better, the Helinox Chair One can support heavier people. As

Mount LeCan’t not Mount LeConte

I have always always wanted to summit Mt. LeConte. It's not only an excellent workout but it's concurrently an opportunity to add a "dot on one's personal resume. I failed because I am afraid of heights but at least I tried to summit Mt. LeConte! I admire the individuals that are not afraid of heights

Leki Micro Vario Carbon Poles

Available on Amazon.com - LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Pole Pair Hiking poles are a must, when hiking in mountainous backcountry. They increase stability and can also improve efficiency while hiking. These Leki hiking poles are made out of carbon fiber and break down to an extremely packable size and weight, while not in use. #Leki

By |2020-10-18T19:52:42-05:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Backpacking, Review|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Leki Micro Vario Carbon Poles

How to Pack for Backpacking

This is how I pack for backpacking. When I'm planning a big backpacking adventure, I always pack far in advance and assemble a checklist. Forgetting to take key gear while backpacking can result in a miserable and/or dangerous experience. Enjoy and share with others too! #Backpacking

By |2020-03-03T19:32:16-06:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Backpacking, HOW-TO|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on How to Pack for Backpacking

Cold Weather Backpacking Lessons Learned

Backpacking in extremely cold weather requires a lot more planning and gear. A backpacker should always travel light. With that said, it's important to pack the appropriate layers for warmer to sub-freezing temperatures plus food and other gear. Cold weather backpacking gear can be expensive, so I suggest shopping in advance during holiday sales to

Keen Newport H2 Review

These sandals are great for warm weather hiking or backpacking. The protect the toes and feet well but they also drain well. I was afraid that they may blister my feet but they haven't. If you're looking for a warm-weather hiking shoe that doesn't require socks, I highly recommend the Keen Newport H2. #Keen Available

Smoky Mountains Backcountry Campsite 28 Review

Backcountry campsite 28 in the Smoky Mountains is an amazing campsite! Situated at approximately 3,455 feet, it's a nice hike from the Middle Prong Trail trailhead past Tremont. The hike out is almost completely downhill. We camped here in January and the temperature was five degrees. It snowed all night and the hike out was

Overnight Backcountry Camping in the Smoky Mountains at Campsite 28

We departed from Middle Prong Trail trailhead near Tremont and hiked to backcountry campsite 28. The hike up the mountain was cold but it was not snowing. We stayed overnight at campsite 28 and the temperature was approximately 5 degrees. It snowed all night and we hiked out through the snow and ice. This is

OlarHike Backpacking Sleeping Pad Review

The OlarHike sleeping pad is very comfortable! After sleeping on it for an entire night in the backcountry, I woke up feeling refreshed and it did not deflate during the night! The built-in pillow is a nice touch because it doesn't move around or fall off of the sleeping pad while sleeping. I still used

Marmot Never Summer 0 Review

The Marmot Never Summer 0 is an excellent bag for cold weather! It's lightweight and easy to pack but the weight to warmth ratio is great! The included stuff sack does not compress it to be super small but it's definitely not too large for a zero degree sleeping bag. A warm sleeping bag is

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