Backpacking Water Treatment

If you don’t treat your drinking water when hiking or backpacking, you’re risking the possibility your high sierra adventure will end in intestinal distress. Even under ideal circumstances and in the most remote corners of the wilderness, there is still some risk associated with drinking straight out of pristine alpine lakes, tarns, rivers and streams. Here are […]

How to Pack a Comfortable Backpack

If you’re going to “backpack”, why not make carrying “the backpack” the least of your worries? Use the following tricks to tame your pack so it’s more comfortable and user-friendly while on the trail. STOP LID FLOP Pack lids are often heavy with small dense items, and can flop around annoyingly when your pack is […]

Lightening The Load (of your Backpack)

Ultralight Hiking Hiking lightweight is not a new concept. Since the advent of what we consider backcountry hiking, there have been those who have headed into the backcountry with little more to accompany them than a blanket and a little food. Indeed, anyone who has hiked for an extended period of time knows the value […]

The Essential Ten

The Essential Ten: A Guest Blog post contributed by “ERIC” at, June 2003 Ever wondered what items are the most important to bring on a backpacking / camping trip? Well in the 1930s, The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based hiking, climbing, and conservation organization, came up with a list of 10 essential items that no climber or backpacker […]

Exploration Beyond The Trail

Exploration Beyond The Trail: A Guest Blog post contributed by “Yosemite_Guy” at, July 2004 Do you always stay on the trail? I’m not talking about cutting switchbacks or stepping away from the trail to fish at a nearby lake. I’m talking about going cross-country — aka off-trail — a mile or more. After many years […]