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How to Plan a Long Distance Backpacking Trip with a Long Distance Partner

She lives in Alaska. I live in Connecticut. Here are some tips on how we make our AT prep work happen cross country....

Gear List Before : Part 1 (Gear)

Well, here we are! Two weeks to go, amazing how time flies! I’ve been doing some good workouts to prepare physically, and I’ve got (almost) all of my gear together, and I think I’m mentally prepared to be flexible and take each day with whatever surprises it holds… so I’m feeling ready to go! I......

Cold Is All

The Enemy Let’s talk about cold. Cold like you’ve never experienced for a length of time you didn’t think you’d survive. Cold with permutations you’d never contemplated. Cold that shrank your world to one idea: itself. Cold that seeped into not just every part of your body but every corner of your mind until nothing......

Winter Hiking in the Mountains

8 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Modern Hiker

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” – mountaineer & author Ed Viesturs There’s no denying the magic of a fresh coat of snow frosting the mountains, and it’s only natural that hikers want to trade trail runners for waterproof boots to explore these gorgeous alpine winter wonderlands. With the right tools,…

Favorite Food Combos (To be updated)

This literally is a post just to talk about the single best food combinations I’ve had to date on the trail. I will update it more as I find more “recipes” but for now, I’ll start with a breakfast fave: Vanilla Breakfast Oatmeal Packet of Brown Sugar & Cinnamon oatmeal Packet of Carnation Vanilla Breakfast...

“Live Free or Die”- General John Stark

Dear Future Thru-Hiker, At this point, you’re looking at minor details like “where do I stop for my first resupply?” or “will I really have to hitchhike??”. You’ve either told your employer that you’re going for a walk and will be out of cell-phone range for 6 months…. or you’re about to tell them. You’re probably......

Treats on the Trail: WB Kitchen

Disclosure: the following products were donated for the purpose of review. The opinions are mine and true. I’m known at work as the Cookie Queen. I LOVE COOKIES! I love to bake cookies and I love even more to eat cookies. When we received our sample box from WB Kitchens, I don’t know if I......

Gear, Glorious Gear

After my trial run, here is what that remains. Pack Klymit Motion 60 41.4 oz Tent/ Shelter Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2, w/ foot print  42 oz Sleeping bag Zpacks 30 (warmer weather)/ Big Agnes Bellyache SL 17 14 oz / 39 oz Sleeping pad Therm A Rest Z lite 12 oz Footwear Vasque Breeze......

Seven People, One Mountain, and Hundreds of Kids Getting Outdoors

By Michael Lanza I first tied my son, Nate, into a climbing rope when he was four or five years old. As I stood next to him at the base of an easy rock climb in Idaho’s City of Rocks … Continue reading ?

Chili volcanos – Villarrica Traverse day 3

17 hours agoFitness / Hiking : BestHike.com

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles  Camping Chinay picnic area > Upper Estero Mocho We debated whether or not to sidetrip to the Palguín hotsprings. Lonely Planet claimed it was 3.5km by road one way. That would mean 7km … Continue reading ?

ENTER to WIN a FREE Cuben Fiber Hiker’s Wallet

23 hours agoFitness / Hiking : Section Hiker

Sick of carrying a heavy wallet on your hikes? Upgrade with this limited edition ultralight cuben fiber hikers wallet from Hyperlite Mountain Gear. Featuring six card compartments, two hidden pockets and an ample billfold compartment, you’ll be the envy of the office and hiker hostels on the trail. (Weight 0.8 oz/22 g) Many thanks to our […]            

National Parks Film Hits 3D IMAX

Beginning on February 12th, MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure will hit IMAX screens around the country in both 3D and 2D showings. The film follows Conrad Anker (most recently seen in last year’s climbing documentary Meru) along with his stepson Alex Lowe and family friend Rachel Pohl. The trio set out on a massive National…

The Low Down on Down

Down is a remarkable insulator. Not only do these tiny feathers have an incredible warmth to weight ratio, but they also pack super small and loft back to life again with a few quick shakes. The range of products made with down are as diverse as duvets to down hats. With so many products advertising......

KOOEE! Jerky Trail Mix – Food Review

When someone hears trail mix they think of "GORP" that is full of raisins, peanuts, chocolate candy and other tasty bite sized snacks. It has been an adventure snack for eons. KOOEE has taken the traditional trail trail mix concept and put their own spin on it. Show More Summary

How To NOT Get Lost in the Woods

T- minus: 92 days It was a bright and sunny summer day. My boyfriend and I had decided to drive two hours up to one of the many beautiful Pennsylvania State Parks. We knew the park had some amazing waterfalls, but we didn’t know too much else. On a spur of the moment decision at 7am,......

BINGO-ooo and a bottle of rum

Bingo (n): Cliche phrases people say in an effort to understand why the hell you would want to go on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail....

An Introduction…

I hike. I fucking love to hike. I grew up loving the outdoors because I had no choice. My home was in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rappahannock County, Flint Hill, Virginia. My brother Bennett and I were raised on a forever-evolving Nubian goat and Angus beef cattle farm–where my parents mistakenly...

Ask Me: Can We Use a Non-Freestanding Tent in the Grand Canyon?

Hi Michael, I’ve been reading The Big Outside for a few months now and have really enjoyed it. My brother and I are taking a trip to the Grand Canyon this year and decided to follow the itinerary you laid … Continue reading ?

Chili volcanos – Villarrica Traverse day 2

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles  Estero Nilfe > Camping Chinay picnic area Good morning. :-) I went for a wander in my crocs. We could see steam venting from Villarrica. I left a Summit Stone in the Valley … Continue readi...

How to Size a Backpack: Daypack and Backpack Volume Guide

How much volume should you get in a daypack, weekend backpack, multi-day backpack, or expedition backpack? Here are some volume guidelines and advice so you can start shopping for backpacks in the appropriate size range. Recommended Backpack Volumes Daypacks Most daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters on the high end. While a smaller sized […]            

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