Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya — ‘The Smoke Which Thunders‘ — known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. The river forms the border between Zambia … Continue reading ?
If you’re not careful, you can easily eat too much fiber on a backpacking trip with combustible or even explosive consequences! Dried apricots, fig newtons, nuts and other foods eaten in sufficient quantities can cause a tremendous amount of gas, severe constipation, or worse! What is the worst high fiber backpacking food overdose you’ve every […]
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest … Continue reading ?
The Osprey Packs Volt 75 Backpack is a large multi-day backpack that features a highly adjustable torso and hip belt system. Also available in a smaller 60 liter version, the Volt 75 provides the standard features found on most Osprey Packs including a stretchy kangaroo pocket and top lid. Weighing under four pounds, the Volt […]
Vasque Snow Junkie hiking boots are lightly insulated, waterproof boots that are good for snowshoeing and hiking on packed snow trails. Insulated with 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation, these boots are good for warmer winter and early spring conditions where you are likely to sweat more and don’t want the extra insulation of a heavier […]
Mike Howarth posted another of his terrific adventure photo journals, this time the famed Paine Circuit in Patagonia. … Away from the majesty and spectacle of the W circuit, the southern half of the Paine Massif offers something completely different, … Continue reading ?
Sock liners are thin wicking socks worn underneath a heavier hiking or snowsport sock. The biggest benefit they provide is blister prevention, particularly when you are wearing a stiff leather hiking, mountaineering boot or skiing boot that has very little give to it. They’re often not needed for softer synthetic boots or if you wear […]
It’s a common courtesy among winter hikers to wear snowshoes when hiking on winter trails that are covered in unpacked snow deeper than 8 inches. Hikers who don’t wear snowshoes usually posthole, plunging knee or waist deep into the snow and creating a deep hole that other hikers passing by the same spot might fall […]
The Journey Continues Backpacker TV: In 1999, Steve Fugate lost his son to suicide. A few years later, he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to … Continue reading ?
“I think we’re headed the wrong way,” said Trey. Yep, we’d turned south instead of north when we got to the top of the Polecat Ski Trail on Wildcat Mountain, an ignominious start to our Wildcat Traverse, and further proof that ski resorts are placed on mountain tops to confuse hikers. We’d just climbed 2000 feet […]
Lightweight and ultralight backpackers have a lot of different options available when it comes to picking an ultralight backpacking and camping stove. Here are the pros and cons of using alcohol stoves, canister stoves, solid fuel stoves, wood stoves, and just going stoveless. Show More Summary
International speaker, John Lee (he has shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Marshall Sylver, Tom Hopkins etc.) recently interviewed me about hiking around Las Vegas, NV. I know you will gain some valuable insights by listening. Click on this link to listen (The interview is around 16 minutes.)
You can’t use a water filter or water purifier when temperatures dip below freezing without risking the integrity of the filter element. Filters and purifiers can be expensive to replace, so it pays to take a few simple steps before you store them so they’re fully functional and ready to go in the spring. Here’s […]
Overview The Boreas Gear Buttermilks 55 is a lightweight backpack suitable for weekend or multi-day backpacking trips. Although it’s a bit on the heavy side at 3 pounds 1 ounces, the Buttermilks combines the simplicity of a minimalist ultralight-style backpack with the load carrying capabilities of a more conventional frame system. Show More Summary
Spring is just around the bend and I’ve increased the number of training hikes I do every week to get in shape. I find that the best way to train for hiking is to hike, so I try to carry a full pack every day for at least an hour, and several if I have […] Comments I have never taken a training hike, but I could see myself... by Evan
Trey and I attempted to climb Wildcat A, B, C, and D on Friday but we were stopped in our tracks by chest high snow drifts and such deep powder that we were postholing up to our waist, even though we were wearing snowshoes. Forward progress became so difficult that we were forced to ask […]
Vasque Grand Traverse - Review I have always liked Vasque hiking shoes and boots. Why? They are comfortable and the rubber they use stick to the rock very well. About a year ago Vasque could not make hiking shoes with Stealth Rubber anymore due to Adidas refusal to license Stealth Rubber to other companies. Show More Summary
The best ultralight backpacking foods are high in calories, compact, and fast to prepare. In order to keep your food load as lightweight as possible, you want to carry foods that have 100 calories per ounce or more. One ounce is 28.3 grams, a fact that will help you compare food labels, measure out portions, and […]
I have been dreaming about climbing all of the White Mountain 4,000 footers in one continuous hike (see Hiking a White Mountain Direttissima) since the winter of 2011. I’d hoped to give it a try in 2012, but my father passed away that spring and I had to spend time with my family instead. Show More Summary
The Hillsound Cypress 6 Crampon is an easy to use instep-style crampon good for walking on flat or rolling terrain covered with packed snow and ice. While considerably beefier and more aggressive than Kahtoolha Microspikes, the Cypress 6 lacks the front points of Hillsound’s popular 10-point Pro Crampon, making them less suitable for winter terrain […]