Backpacking

Cottonwood Lakes, John Muir Wilderness

Inexperienced hikers Ryan Clayton and his wife decided to make a BIG trip. Coming from Indiana, they chose the John Muir Wilderness in California. Here’s what happened. It’s inspiring. Ryan is a filmmaker. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (2017)

Winter Backpacking Gear List Explained

Winter backpacking is very different from three-season backpacking. It requires more gear, good decision-making, and many new skills. It’s almost like backpacking on a different planet because so many things you take for granted during the rest of the year are different. For example, you need to melt snow to make drinking water and to …

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Appalachian Trail Gear Review for 2021 Thru-hike

Gear Review for 2021
With all the gear I have accumulated over the last nine months, it made sense to me to do an Appalachian Trail gear review for my 2021 thru-hike. I’m about to embark on my first ever thru-hike on March 13, 2021. It’s as exciting as it is terrifying. I’m sure I have way too much gear. It currently resides on the stairs in my house. Slowly, it is being organized. I made a post of my top ten gear items in this spot. ...

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The Evolution of My AT Gear List

My official AT countdown has begun. In 70 days, I’ll be at Springer Mountain in Georgia ready to kick-off my 2021 thru-hike.
I started planning for this adventure nine months ago and throughout that time, I’ve made many changes to the gear I plan to start my hike with. In this post, I’ll give an overview of some of the more interesting swaps I’ve made. Remember that this is my personal experience – please be kind! ...

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How to Vlog Your Thru-Hike: 5 Easy Steps

A thru-hike is difficult enough without making videos along the way. But if you’ve decided to vlog your thru-hike, the following tips will help you create more compelling videos for your viewers.
You can find these tips illustrated in many great thru-hiking vlogs. While not claiming greatness for myself, these tips also reflect the lessons I learned while vlogging my thru-hikes of the Benton MacKaye Trail, the Sheltowee Trace, and the Appalachian Trail.

1. Tell a Compelling Story
A good outdoor video is not just a series of views and events arranged chronologically in time. ...

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Desert Campsite Selection Tips

The desert is a place of extreme opposites: blasting heat and freezing cold, parched soil and flash floods, a harsh landscape but one filled with delicate creatures. When planning backpacking trips, it’s important to consider seasonal temperatures, weather patterns, flora, and fauna when deciding what gear to bring and where to camp. There is great …

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Not Your Average Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Okay, I lied. This is pretty much your typical PCT Gear list. But everyone loves a gear list, right?
The Big Three
Pack: G4-20 Ultralight 42 Backpack
Tent:  Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo (Backpacking Tent)
At first I was planning on using the stakes included with the Lunar Solo, but after breaking two on a section hike of the Arizona Trail, I decided to swap them out for MSR Mini Groundhog Stakes (and will be carrying a few extra!)
The tent is a trekking pole tent, ...

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