Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking


Getting started backpacking is a huge bite to chew on for the new hiker. There is gear to buy, rules to learn, and thousands of pages of advice to sort through on your journey into the mountains. Fears of lightning storms, bears, and dark lonely nights may be scattered throughout your dreams as your head is simultaneously excited, scared, and ...

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The 7 Best Hiking Boots Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Boots

I can still remember shopping for my very first pair of hiking boots. I can’t remember if someone told me to buy hiking boots or if I just assumed that the conventional wisdom of wearing boots hiking made senses. “Tall hiking boots will help protect from snake bites,” they might say. Or, perhaps, “Hiking boots help support your ankles.” These ...

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The 7 Best Hiking Shoes For Women Reviewed

Best Hiking Shoe For Women - Adidas AX 2 Hiking Shoes Womens

The most important consideration for your next hike is what is on your feet. Your choice of hiking shoe will make big difference in how how much you enjoy your hike. A good pair of shoes will keep you dry, provide traction and support as well as being light weight. The last thing you want is to be weighed down ...

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The 7 Best Hiking Shoes Reviewed For 2017

Best Hiking Shoes

To figure out what were the best hiking shoes we took 10 pairs of top rated hiking shoes then hiked on some pretty rugged trails in New Hampshire. We took them through mud, rocks and water while evaluating them on traction, comfort, water resistance and durability. Ladies: we created a separate list of hiking shoes specifically for women. Be sure ...

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The 7 Best Camping Hammocks Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Hammock

When your looking for the best camping hammock there are a lot of factors to consider. But with so many camping hammocks to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you? Ease of set-up, comfort, portability and durability are the most obvious factors to consider. A camping hammock is going to take a lot of abuse. ...

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The 7 Best Camping Cots Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Cot

Traveling and camping can be enjoyable or miserable, depending on how you approach it. Pitch your tent over a rock and try sleeping on the ground and you’re guaranteed a terrible time. Head out into the wild with great gear, plenty of knowledge, and a comfortable cot to sleep on and you’re guaranteed a much more restful sleep. While camping ...

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The 7 Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags For 2017

After a long day of hiking there is nothing better than setting in for the night in a comfortable, warm sleeping bag. With so many types of sleeping bags available how do you know which one to buy? The wrong sleeping bag can make for a miserable trip. To help make your decision easier we took some of the highest ...

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The 7 Best Camping Stoves Reviewed For 2017

Best Camping Stove

While cold food is great filling the stomach on a temporary basis, there is no way to replace a warm sustaining meal, especially when you are enjoying Mother Nature. Whether you are on a daytime outing with the family or camping for an extended period of time, there is no substitute for a good camping stove. Even if it is ...

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The 7 Best Trekking Poles Reviewed For 2017

Best Trekking Poles

If you’re just getting started hiking, trekking poles (or hiking poles) may not be high on your gear list. Despite the fact that hiking poles have been proven to reduce stress on legs and knees by up to 25%. Some hikers carry trekking poles because the data supports it. Some carry hiking poles because they aid with balance, or climbing ...

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The 7 Best Sleeping Pads For Backpacking – [2017]

Backpacking Sleepin Pad Reviews

When you hear the word “sleeping pad” what is the image conjured in your mind? Is it a flat blue foam mat from Walmart’s camping section? Maybe you’re thinking of a huge inflatable air bed for guests in the spare bedroom. Perhaps you’re thinking of one of those fancy self-inflating camping pads… In this article, we’re going to be taking ...

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