Marmot Wind River Negative 10-Degree Sleeping Bag Review

The Marmot Wind River sleeping bag is super warm! I'm 6'2" and went with the regular size and it fits me fine. Wind River zips down on both sides, so it can be used like a blanket when it's not super cold. Also, the foot box can unzipped when it's not super cold, to provide

The Effects of Elevation While Backpacking

Elevation should always be taken into account while backpacking. Elevation effects different people in different ways. Some people lose their voice. Some people become dizzy. Tolerance to alcohol is often reduced at elevation. Temperature typically drops approximately five degrees for everyone thousand feet gained. It may be dry at base camp but it may be

Bear Country – The Only Things Allowed in My Tent

Backpacking in bear country can be dangerous if certain safety protocols are not firmly adhered to. Black bears are typically less aggressive than grizzly bears but if they smell food, they will likely try to find it. For that reason, always use backcountry bear pulley systems to suspend all of your scented items (chewing gum,

Testing Crampons on Ice

Crampons are a must for hiking on ice or slick snow. These crampons are high-quality and it's simple to slide one's hiking shoe or hiking boot into the crampons. They come in a variety of different sizes, so be sure to order accordingly. I've encounter zero issues with them coming off while hiking and the

How to Pack a Backpack for Backpacking

This is how to pack a backpack for backpacking. I've backpacked hundreds of miles and have slept many nights in the Smoky Mountains. Many of those trips included snow and ice. Being prepared for backpacking is a must because there is no turning back! This is how I pack my backpack to better ensure that

Two Ways to Cross a Stream While Backpacking

These are two ways to cross a stream while backpacking. During cold weather, it's especially important to avoid getting wet. Even during seemingly-warm weather, temperature at night can drop and hypothermia can set in. How do you prefer to cross a stream while backpacking? #Backpacking #Backcountry #Wilderness

Sipsey Wilderness During Spring

Sipsey Wilderness is an amazing backpacking destination! There is an abundance of waterfalls, stream crossings, caves, rock overhangs and challenging terrain! There are plenty of established backcountry campsites that can be found but some of the best ones can be found a short distance from the hiking trails. Sipsey Wilderness in Bankhead National Forest will

Bear Country – How to Lessen Food Odors

Hiking is bear country is fun but can be dangerous, if the appropriate precautions aren't proactively taken. Something as simple as eating a meat stick and then carrying the wrapper in a backpack could attract a hungry bear. For that reason, I store all meat stick and other snap wrappers inside of a water bottle

Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle Demonstration

The Sea to Summit X-Pot is an incredible invention! Even the lightest backpacking cookware consumes a large amount of volume inside a backpack. The X-Pot solves that problem by collapsing during transport. Even though this is a collapsible backpacking pot, it is able to be used in conjunction with a backpacker's stove! Just be sure

8K UltraHD Secret Waterfall off Middle Prong Trail

8K UltraHD waterfall. This is a secret waterfall that can be found a few hundred feet off of Middle Prong Trail in the Smoky Mountains. The trail is not marked but after you cross over the large bridge, listen for the water. Before a sharp turn back to the left, there is an area in

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