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Reader Poll: Do You Have a Hiking Uniform?

I wear the same clothes on every three-season hike I take. Well, not exactly the same identical clothes, but I always wear a RailRiders Madison River Shirt, RailRiders Eco-Mesh Pants, and Under Amour Heatgear underwear. I like the layout...Show More Summary

How to Repair your Camelbak Daypack

Don't throw away your daypack. Repair it instead. Learn how in this short two minute video.

Sunshine Coast Trail

16 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

Have you heard of the Sunshine Coast Trail? … a 180-kilometre trail that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. … … this epic trail now boasts (12 shelters) …, making it the only free hut-to-hut hiking … Continue reading ?

Cerro Castillo, Chile

We’ve moved and updated our Cerro Castillo (Castle Mountain) information page. At 2675m (8776ft) Cerro Castillo is the highest peak in the central Patagonian Andes. We recommend 4 days, 3 nights. The nearest airport is Coihaique, about 75km away. Though accessible … Continue reading ?

Backpacking the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop

Click for an interactiive version of the Royce-Speckled Mountain Loop (map) on The Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness is arguably the best kept secret in the White Mountain National Forest. Located entirely in Maine, it...Show More Summary

Towers of Paine 2004

by site editor Rick McCharles Today I reprint my trip report from 2004. ___ The main reason I travelled to South America was attending the marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds. Actually, it was to hike Fitz Roy … Continue reading ?

REI Dash 2 Ultralight Tent Review

The REI Dash 2 is the lightest weight 2 person tent that REI has ever sold. Weighing just 2 pounds 7 ounces (not including stakes or stuff sacks), it is a double walled tent with a conventional hubbed poleset, two doors, and two vestibules. But the design of this tent with its aerodynamic fly, high […]            

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20 Essential Backpacking and Hiking Videos (and they’re FREE)

Watch 7 Principles of Leave No Trace Backpacking by CleverHiker on YouTube Dave Collins, The Clever Hiker is back with a fantastic video series sponsored by gear manufacturers Gossamer Gear, Sawyer, Dave’s given me early access to these videos and they are really worth watching. I think they’re incredibly well done and that day […]            

World’s Best Hikes: Epic Trails

On National Geographic, Doug Schnitzspahn posted an excellent list of the best of the best: • Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet • Israel National Trail, Israel • North Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa/Lesotho, uKhahlamba/ Drakensberg Park • Cinque Terre, Sentiero Azzuro, Italy … Continue reading ?

Stealth Camping and Pre-existing Campsites

Stealth Camping has become a fashionable term in backpacking circles, but I’m convinced that most people don’t know what it means. They confuse it with pre-existing campsites, which are very different. Stealth Campsites Most stealth campsite have never been used before. Show More Summary

Hart’s Cove Trail, Oregon

Mary recommends this one. :-) Distance: 5.4 miles round trip Elevation gain: 1000 feet Difficulty: Moderate Seasons: Year round The Hart’s Cove Trail starts out by switchbacking downhill through a young coastal forest. Railroad tie steps here help make footing … Continue reading ?

Bear Mountain Bushwhack – Sometimes the Bear Gets You!

I had a surprising experience over the summer on top of North Percy Peak, a mountain north of the White Mountain Region, in northern New Hampshire. As I sat there pondering the view, I realized that I couldn’t name any of the mountains spread out in front of me. I’d become so intimate with the […]            

4 Items Every Hiker Should Carry

Watch this two minute video showing four items all hikers should carry in their daypack.

Makalu Base Camp trek

You can do this route independently. You can do it as a teahouse trek. Here’s an independent trip report by Sathya: 9th – 27th Oct 2012 Lonely planet : Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. Note : The LP guide refers … Continue reading ?

My Gear List Philosophy

When I started getting into lightweight backpacking, I spent a lot of time staring at my gear list to make sure I squeezed every ounce of weight out of it. That’s ok. It’s part of the process that every lightweight or ultralight backpacker goes through when they realize that they can be more comfortable by […]            

lost on the Heart Mountain Horseshoe

Heart Mountain is west of Calgary, Alberta … The 2,149 m (6,020 ft) mountain is easily distinguishable by its heart-shaped summit … At the base of the mountain a left turn onto the flat, good quality, Quaite Creek trail delivers … Continue reading ?

motorless circumnavigation of Earth

In September, serial adventurer Mike Horn, 48, will weigh anchor on one of the world’s last undone firsts: a motorless circumnavigation of the earth via the two poles. … Outside Yeesh.

How to Repair Sticky Rubber Soles

Has part of the sole of your shoe pulled away? Instead of throwing away your shoes, learn how to repair your shoe in this two minute video: Important Points: Clean sole before applying Shoe Goo Wait 48 hours before hiking in the shoe Do this procedure in a well ventilated room

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