backpacking

January 27, 2018

How to Stay Warm in a Sleeping Bag

person in a sleeping bag

Whether you’ve just plunked down your hard-earned dollars on a brand new sleeping bag, or you’re still using a trusty old bag that’s seen better days, you can help ensure you’ll be warm and cozy on your next outdoor adventure with a few simple tips. To stay warm in your sleeping bag, follow three main […]

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January 16, 2018

How to Pack for a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike

Guts, gear and gnar: all you need for your packing list.   Holy cow, you’re amazing. You’ve decided to take on one of the most exciting adventures of a lifetime. But what now? How the heck do you pack everything you need for six months of your life? Don’t worry. I thru hiked the Pacific […]

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December 14, 2017

Backpacking Meals: A Gourmet Holiday Outside

Dehydrated

A real chef cooks one, and you can too!   I’m looking for a different kind of holiday this year. An escape from cityscapes. A way to reconnect with my wild roots. A chance to avoid any more holiday jingles. Although while off backpacking I might be missing out on some of the traditional festivities, […]

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December 5, 2017

How to Gear Up and Get Your Kids Started Camping and Backpacking

Nate and Alex hike along Gunsight Pass Trail in Glacier National Park

As we hiked uphill toward Gunsight Pass in Glacier National Park, on a three-day family backpacking trip, a couple in their 50s stopped to talk with us. They smiled at our 9-year-old son, Nate, and 7-year-old daughter, Alex, and said, “We’re impressed! We never had any luck trying to get our kids to backpack when […]

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November 20, 2017

Backpacking Recipes: Thanksgiving in a Collapsible Bowl!

backpacking thanksgiving

While Thanksgiving is usually considered an “inside” meal, there are some intrepid individuals who prefer to spend this holiday outdoors. Car camping is one thing, but celebrating your Turkey Day out on the trail takes things to a whole new level. This meal is design to help those bold and brave Thanksgiving backpackers enjoy the […]

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November 15, 2017

Fastest Known Mom

Record-setting long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis slows down to help bring families outdoors—including her own. Most parents can recount at least a few dirty diaper fiascos. However, it’s a rare breed that can cop to handling a poop-filled nightmare during the darkest hours of a brisk September night in Alaska’s Denali National Park. Jennifer Pharr […]

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November 7, 2017

How Much Should Your Pack Weigh?

Backpacker on trail

We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh? Lots of factors go into determining pack weight, making it tough to give an exact weight recommendation for every hiker. To get some help, we turned to one of our pack-fit pros, Valerie Loughney, from our REI […]

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June 10, 2013
Video: Kelty Courser 40 Internal Frame Backpack Review

Video: Kelty Courser 40 Internal Frame Backpack Review

[sociallinkz] I review the Kelty Courser 40 Backpack on this video, which is at the bottom of this post.  This internal frame pack has a large […]