backpacking gear

Ruck Review:  Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

Ruck Review: Getting Ready for a Long Distance Hike

When I was preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail last year, I was looking for any information that I could get. It was my first long distance hike and...

Mar 29, 2018 : Danielle OFarrell
Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Raider’s Fanny Pack : Toiletries And More

Wallet AWOL Guidebook pages w/ pencil Chic-A-Fil sauce (better than money on the trail) Eye drops Hand sanitizer Lighter Hometown pride stickers Lucky dime acquired in Manchester

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane
Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

Raider’s Gear Review And Other Stories

My fellow hiker trash, welcome! What lies before you is all the hiking gear I used to finish my 2017 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I've included, sizes, weights and ...

Jan 14, 2018 : Katie Doane
Gear Review: My Trail Co Backpack Light 50L

Gear Review: My Trail Co Backpack Light 50L

These days, thru hikers and weight conscious backpackers are spoiled for choice when it comes to lightweight backpacks on the market. With Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA), Mountain Laurel

May 29, 2017 : Andy Dischekenyan
My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

My Sleeping System: I Am Satisfied With Its Performance

I recently upgraded my sleeping system. It now consists of four main components: a sleeping bag, a stuff sack that serves as a pillow, a sleeping bag liner, and a...

May 10, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Do I Really Need All These Packs?

Do I Really Need All These Packs?

With so many diverse brands and styles of packs available, each designed for a different type of use, each appealing to various needs, wants, and fashion trends, it's no wonder...

Apr 27, 2017 : John Edward Harris
Use it, Wear it,  Understand it, Return it, Explore it

Use it, Wear it, Understand it, Return it, Explore it

Can you believe I'm at the three/ four week point of take off? Well, it also depends a lot on Mother Nature. The past few months have been filled with snowy hikes,...

Feb 13, 2017 : Elizabeth Connolly
Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Your Average Jane’s Gear Log

Warning: there is mild profanity in this article, including a middle finger. It also features potato quality cell phone pictures, which I'm kinda sorry about too. Ok, who doesn't love...

Feb 11, 2017 : Tasia (StinkyCheez)
In Praise of Trekking Poles

In Praise of Trekking Poles

When I and my knees were years younger, I looked upon trekking poles as a toy of wealthy and wimpy hikers and backpackers, a status symbol suggesting that the person...

Dec 11, 2016 : John Edward Harris
Let’s Mini-Explode My PCT Backpack

Let’s Mini-Explode My PCT Backpack

My pack is weighing in at 12.5 pounds right now. I’m not sure whether this is the final edit. I still have 27 days to worry and fret over a...

Feb 22, 2016 : Amy Bee