Backpacking

BioLite HeadLamp 750 Review

BioLite has in recent years produced some excellent lightweight, USB-rechargeable headlamps. The 1.7-ounce BioLite HeadLamp 200 is my absolute go-to. The company’s latest model, the BioLite HeadLamp 750, trades not so much on weight as it does on versatility, power, and sheer ability to light the darkness before you.
The BioLite HeadLamp 750 can illuminate your trail for an astonishing 150 hours at low power, and a whopping seven hours at high power. It’s got eight modes that can cast light some 75 feet ahead of you. ...

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Single Layer vs Double Layer Backpacking Hammocks

Many backpacking-style hammocks come in double-layer or single-layer models. How do you decide which hammock to get and what are the consequences of choosing one type over the other? Double Layer Hammocks A double layer hammock is so-called because the part you lie on has two layers of fabric. The two layers form a pocket that …

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An Adventure Waiting Right out my Front Door….in OHIO?

So I’ve already been doing all the recommended procedures for protecting my physical health during the Covid-19 crisis:  mask, social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding crowds.
But what about my mental health?  Like the grand majority of you, I’m getting mighty tired of being home most of the time.  After three summers on the Appalachian Trail, I need to move!  To explore!  To sleep outside!
Taking matters into my own (sanitized) hands, ...

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Tracksmith Men’s Harrier Tee Review

The Tracksmith Men’s Harrier Tee is a great solution for trail running, hiking, backpacking, or indoor training sessions to prepare your body for the PCT (or any other long-distance trail you’re attempting in the near future). 
The Harrier Tee quickly became an employee favorite when Tracksmith introduced it in 2014. It’s made of a lightweight merino blend that’s soft on your skin. It’s also super quick to dry when you set your pack down for a snack break.  ...

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Cream Lake trail, Strathcona Park B.C.

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles “Time to roll out every superlative and accolade … Cream Lake is breathtaking in every season … a scenic highlight of Vancouver Island, for that matter British Columbia!” Phillip Stone – Exploring Strathcona Park guidebook The Bedwell Lakes trails are some of the best in Strathcona Provincial Park, …

Great Hikes: Howker Ridge Watson Path Loop

I was in awe the first time I climbed it up the Howker Ridge Trail to Mt Madison. Howker runs along the top of a ridge that’s capped by these strange rocky peaklets, called Howks, which poke out above treeline at intervals along the route. Their tops are barely a few paces wide but looking …

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I Need Some Space: Hiking with Partners, Solo, and with Trail Families

Whether you're an introvert, extrovert, or something in between, thru-hiking can change the way you think about social interaction. Some days you have to hike alone, and some days, a conversation with another hiker can remind you why you wanted to be part of this community of fellow adventurers.

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