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RailRiders Bushwhacker Weatherpants Review

19 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

I’ve been hiking and backpacking in RailRider’s pants and shirts since 2008 because they’re comfortable, synthetic so they dry quickly, and they’re treated with Insect Shield which helps protects me from Lyme Disease. Insect Shield is...Show More Summary

Do You Know How to Climb a Chimney?

If not, watch the 90 second video to learn: Many of the routes in Red Rock Canyon have chimneys that you need to climb to reach the peak.

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

#TheRidge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill… For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on … Continue reading ?

Raffle: ENTER to Win a Free TOAKs Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove

The new TOAKS Titanium Siphon Alcohol Stove is a self-priming. top burner jet stove, like the classic Trangia, but much lighter weight and more streamlined.  Here’s a movie of the TOAKS Titanium Siphon Stove burning where you can see the jet-based flame pattern clearly.  The advantage of using a stove like this is that it’s compatible with […]            

Catskills Backpacking: The Escarpment Trail

One of my favorite multi-day backpacking trips in the Catskills of New York is The Escarpment Trail, which is notable for it’s open vistas and fine views of the Hudson River Valley. This 23.9 mile hike is moderately challenging and is...Show More Summary

10 Life Hacks For Hikers and Backpackers

If you’ve been smitten by hiking and all you can think about is your next trip, it’s time to rearrange your life to maximize your hiking time. Here are a few hiking and backpacking hacks to help you on your way. 1. Replace your entire wardrobe with hiking clothes. If putting on your hiking clothes helps […]            

gone trekking …

Site editor Rick McCharles is doing Langtang, Gosainkund and Helambu, Nepal. :-)

SectionHiker’s Top Hiking and Backpacking Gear Picks

A number of you asked me to publish my top gear hiking and backpacking gear picks, so I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite gear. I’ve been using most of it for years and it’s the kind of stuff I’ll replace when it wears out. While a lot of the gear listed below is ultralight […]            

When They Brought These Wolves Into The Park, They Had No Idea This Would Happen

A clickbait title if ever there was one. It’s worth it, in this case. :-) Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.  

new Nepal trekking regulations?

I’ve just arrived Kathmandu. Officials in Nepal say they plan to introduce tougher controls of the trekking industry, a week after a devastating Himalayan storm. In future, all trekkers will be required to register before setting out on the Annapurna … Continue reading ?

Bushwhack Bailout

Mike and I were cold and wet when we reached the pond. We’d both gotten soaked on the bushwhack up to Mount Anderson (3740?) and had decided to hike back down to Norcross Pond and camp out instead of continuing deeper into the backcountry. Show More Summary

Canister Fever: Wolf Cub and North Peak, Blue Ridge Mountain

My right leg sank knee-deep in the black sulfurous mud before I completely toppled into the stuff. As soon as my friends got a whiff, they backed away from me to escape the stench and put some distance between themselves and my mud coated clothing. Show More Summary

Expedition Alaska Adventure Race 2015

Expedition Alaska is a multisport, non-stop adventure race for teams of 2,3 or 4 athletes over 400 miles of the greatest terrain on Earth! Facebook page Details on the official webpage –

Greater Patagonian Trail

UPDATE: I’ve heard via the interwebs that the trekker who authored the site below did not actually complete the entire thing. It’s not an established route. Don’t assume that you can simply follow the instructions on the wiki. It’s not … Continue reading ?

12 awesome treks & hikes

This is cool. Click though to some of the links. Download the Trekking Guide graphic with links as a PDF. Kindly provided by Expert Himalayan Trekker Paul Deakin.

climbing Fanispan in a day

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles “the Roof of Indochina” AT A GLANCE 3,143 meters (10,312ft), Fanispan is the highest mountain in Indochina northwest region of Vietnam, near the Chinese border 9km southwest of Sapa (Sa Pa), a gorgeous … Continue reading ?

great hikes in India

Vishal Garg listed some of his best hikes in India on Quora. Chandrashila Peak (Uttarakhand) Deoria Tal (Uttarakhand) Triund Hill (Himachal Pradesh) Kareri Lake (Himachal Pradesh) Kheerganga (Himachal Pradesh)

Simien Traverse, Ethiopia

I’m hoping to do the famed Simien Traverse in November. It’s the best hike in Ethiopia, one of the best in the world. Click PLAY or watch a some highlights from a 2014 trek on YouTube. It looks spectacular. Scenery … Continue readin...

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Review

When cold weather arrives, I start carrying a sleeping pad with a higher R-value for better insulation against the frigid ground or snow. In the past, that often meant carrying a heavy sleeping pad filled with goose down or Primaloft or two closed cell foam sleeping pads. But those days are over since the introduction of […]            

deaths on the Annapurna Circuit

Rescuers in Nepal are trying to reach more than 20 trekkers trapped below a high Himalayan pass by heavy snowfalls and avalanches as the death toll from the unfolding tragedy was reported to be as high as 32. High winds … Continue reading ?

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