backpacking

5 Must Visit Destinations for Fall

Labor Day has passed and fall is in the air. For us outdoors lovers, that means prime camping season is in full swing. As temperatures start to fall, the dirt hardens, the rock dries out and those pesky bugs finally start to go away. The fall season is the optimal season for camping for a […] Read more…

My Favorite Hiking Snacks

Hungry on the trail? Be sure to keep these Hiking Snacks close at hand.  G.O.R.P. G.O.R.P., historically is the go-to hiking snack of backpackers everywhere. The name is an acronym, standing for either “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts,” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts,” depending on who you ask. Fortunately, as the years have progressed GORP […] Read more…

Human Made Beauty: The Ifugao Rice Terraces

The romantic destination of a trekking enthusiast is often so far into the backcountry that all evidence of human establishment has faded from view: pristine natural beauty. However if beauty and awe are one’s end goals, the pride earned through isolation in the wilderness may overlook an entire category of human-built beauty. Declared a UNESCO […] Read more…

Packing for your Big Trip

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” -Christopher McCandless Be it Costa Rica for two weeks, backpacking through Europe over 2 months, or volunteering in the Philippines […] Read more…

Trekking Pole Lubrication and Cleaning

Have you noticed your trekking or hiking poles are becoming harder to collapse?   Perhaps your quick locks are no longer holding your poles at the correct height?   These both can be common problems with collapsible trekking poles, especially if they aren’t regularly cleaned.   It’s important to make sure that at the end of a hike, […] Read more…

13rs Abound

14ers—they are no secret to those who love the mountains. Here in Colorado, we have 53 peaks achieving the famed altitude of 14,000 feet, although the exact number is often disputed. However, as I am sure many of you have experienced, the 14er designation has caused disproportionately high recreational usage in a state famous for […] Read more…

Colorful Colorado – Exploring the “white room” on foot.

Choosing how to meander through Colorado during winter can be perplexing. Between a variety of sports including skiing, ice climbing, hiking and the endless terrain, you may find yourself wondering which way to go. Taking to hills by foot is a great way to see a lot so we are giving you a few trails […] Read more…

Backpacking: The Manistee River Trail

I was fortunate enough to get out and spend the weekend hiking the Manistee River Trail (MRT) this past weekend. Located just south of Traverse City, this 11-mile trail is a prime destination for fall color change. The hiking, while listed as “difficult” on online sources, is fairly mild with relatively no elevation gain and […] Read more…

Weekday Camping – The other hours of your day

Work hard play hard. This is a motto that outdoor adventurers live by, but many fulfill this lifestyle as a weekend warrior. What people forget is how they can take advantage of the hours between five and nine. It’s time to break the routine and take advantage of the other hours in your day!  Here […] Read more…

Bridge Snaps, Hikers Fall

There’s a video flying around the internet of a suspension bridge snapping with 4 French hikers walking across it. The bridge is located down in New Zealand and is a scary reminder of the unexpected dangers in the outdoors. Bridge safety is an often overlooked precaution when hiking. We take preemptive actions when crossing streams, […] Read more…

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