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

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

Savage Gulf Alum Gap Campsite #3 Review

Savage Gulf Alum Gap Campsite #3 is great! If you're looking for a campsite with elevation and a nice view, this one is great! There are several other campsites at Alum Gap but campsites #3 and #4 have the best view. Be sure to reserve your campsite, as backcountry camping in Savage Gulf requires a

Marmot Tungsten 1P First Time Pitching

The Marmot Tungsten 1P is an incredible one-person tent! I purchased this tent because it's small and lightweight but has ample headroom. I also own the larger Tungsten 2P and use it when my wife joins me. It's great having the same tent setup process for both! This tent is available in an ultralight version