backpacking

December 12, 2018

Missing Link in the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Completed

Beautiful mountains of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the morning light

A key eight-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) was recently completed, offering backpackers a 350-mile-long trail experience in and near North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the Tarheel State’s longest trail, spanning 1,175 miles from the state’s mountainous western border to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail boasts some of […]

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August 17, 2018

How to Dehydrate Food

A dehydrator with multiple shelves and dehydrated food lining the shelves

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August 14, 2018

Tested: The Best Kid Carriers of 2020

Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL Child Carrier - Women’s

Hiking with kids is tough as it is—you don’t need an uncomfortable kid carrier to make the experience even more difficult. But thankfully, the days of wooden boards and leather straps are in the rearview mirror. Outdoor companies understand that families want to spend time together in nature. With modern technologies and materials, the new […]

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August 6, 2018

Best Backpacking Trails in North Carolina

A couple of hikers enjoy the scenery on the Appalachian Trail.

With mountain scenery, abundant campsites and shelters, and well-maintained trails in locations like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Linville Gorge Wilderness and Shining Rock Wilderness, a backpacking trip in North Carolina is sure to reward hikers with stunning vistas, verdant woods, picturesque waterfalls and memorable sunrises and sunsets. Whether you are planning […]

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July 26, 2018

Tips for Backpacking With Your Dog

Tips for Backpacking with Your Dog

Some of the best hiking companions have four legs. Dogs and backpacking can go together like peas and carrots—assuming you take some steps to assure both you and your furry friend are prepared for the backcountry. Before your pup sets paw on a trail, ask yourself if they’re really a good candidate for spending a […]

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July 13, 2018

There’s No Such Thing As a Perfect Hike

Denali

My friend Aaron and I spent parts of two days tromping in and around Denali National Park in early May. The mountains were spectacular, the moose were enormous and the snowy owl that flew across my line of vision was a delightful surprise. Even the ptarmigan that sat on the side of the road looking […]

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July 9, 2018

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

I first came across backcountry cinnamon rolls on a backpacking trip with a pack of middle school girls. The girls swore the ooey gooey balls of goodness were the best part of the trip. I had to find out what the hype was all about later, since they didn’t save any for me. So, can […]

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July 9, 2018

Camping Cinnamon Rolls

I first came across backcountry cinnamon rolls on a backpacking trip with a pack of middle school girls. The girls swore the ooey gooey balls of goodness were the best part of the trip. I had to find out what the hype was all about later, since they didn’t save any for me. So, can […]

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July 2, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an External Frame Pack and an Internal Frame Pack?

There was a time when the external frame pack was the backpacker’s workhorse. Now, though, spotting one along the trail is like seeing a classic car on the highway. Sleeker and more innovative internal frame varieties rule the trails. While the majority of backpack buyers these days will choose an internal frame pack, it’s worth […]

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