Cleaning your Backpack after a Hike

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Feel like you are taking the woods home with you after a hike? Many of us who love being in the great outdoors come home tracking in some unwelcome souvenirs, especially in our backpacks. Here are some handy tips about cleaning your backpack for tidy adventuring. Do You Need to Clean a Backpack After You … Read more

Do You Really Need a Sleeping Bag Liner?


There’s nothing like roughing it. And nothing says roughing it better than sleeping on the ground in your sleeping bag. However, for the best sleep while you’re out camping or backpacking, you don’t want to settle for just a sleeping bag. Aside from bringing a sleeping pad, you’ll want to make sure that a sleeping-bag … Read more

Dealing with Condensation in a Bivy Sack


If you’ve spent any amount of time in a bivy sack that wasn’t particularly breathable, then you know all too well how uncomfortable and irritating condensation inside the sack can get. A lot of us spend way too long just assuming that this is one of the unavoidable aspects of a backpacking life. Let go … Read more

Cleaning a Sleeping Bag


According to the Outdoor Foundation’s annual camping report, the tent is the most important piece of camping gear. What is the second most important piece of gear? According to campers, it is the sleeping bag. In fact, a full 54 percent of campers said a sleeping bag is essential to the success of any camping … Read more

The Bivy Sack Buying Guide: Best Bivy Sacks

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Named for the “bivouac” sack, bivy sacks are lightweight and easy-to-carry waterproof shelters that function as a more convenient alternative to traditional camping tents. They’re generally employed by minimalist hikers, climbers, competitive racers, backpackers, and campers, and are regularly used by foot soldiers. Bivy sacks are designed as solo shelters for outdoors enthusiasts who prefer … Read more

Hiking Lightning Safety


Lightning Safety for Hikers When you are planning a hike, it is important to be prepared for the worst. While lightning strikes less than 50 people a year in the US, if you are outside your chance of being struck increases exponentially. Ideally, you should try to avoid thunderstorms before you leave for your hike. … Read more

Pemmican: The Native American Super Survival Food

What Is Pemmican? The word pemmican is derived from the word pimî, meaning “fat or grease.” Pemmican itself is a concentrated combination of meat and fat that was created by Native Americans as a nutritious food that was used to boost energy. Traditional pemmican was made by cutting meat (typically whatever was available) into thin … Read more

How to Prevent Blisters when Hiking


There’s nothing quite like hiking. There’s also nothing quite like the pain of a foot full of blisters. Recovery time for particularly nasty blisters can impede your progress for a good day or two. Not to mention that it can sour a fun experience. No one likes having to deal with blisters, especially when they’re … Read more