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Wilderness Backpacking Trip Defined

If you enjoy hiking, you may find yourself wanting to extend your experience in the great outdoors and go backpacking. A backpacking trip involves carrying all of your gear on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. Backpacking may involve camping inside a tent or inside a wooden shelter or hut along […]

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Guide to Backpacking in the Rain

If you’re interested in backpacking in the rain, here are some expert tips for getting started and even tweaking your current setup. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are backpacking in the rain for any amount of time, you will get wet—what can be controlled, however, is how you handle it […]

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Determine How Long to Hike a Mile

How long does it take to hike a mile? While there are many variables involved, it takes the average person 30 minutes to hike a mile on gentle terrain. It is important to know your pace compared to an average hiker when planning a hike. This way you know approximately how long it will take […]

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How to Start Lightweight Backpacking

Do you dream of hiking down the trail with less effort? Has backpacking been more of a task than a joy? Are you a beginner to hiking? Anyone can be a lightweight backpacker if they put the effort in and do some research before they make gear purchases. There are many benefits to lightweight (ultralight) […]

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How to Size and Fit an Ultralight Backpack

Ever wondered how to properly size and fit a backpack? Purchasing a new backpack can help you get in more miles and enjoy your outdoor adventures with much more comfort than a traditional backpack. This is only possible if your pack fits correctly. Determining your torso length and hip size is key to purchasing a […]

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When Hikers Become Social Media Rock Stars

Before Facebook, Instagram and blogging, it was fairly easy to disappear into the wilderness, choosing to share or not share experiences upon our return to civilization. Social networking has been a game changer! It’s fun to share photos, videos and stories with our online friends; we’ve become an instantaneous society. Some may consider this egocentric […]

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3 Tips for Reducing Backpack Weight

As an employee at Mountain Crossings, a huge part of my job is to tear through all the possessions of Appalachian Trail thru hikers and tell them what to give the boot. We call it a shake down. Sitting at mile 31.7 on the AT, the employees of the outfitter and hostel are well known […]

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Don’t just Focus on a Backpacking Gear List

Whether I’m pumping trail miles, soaking it all in, or exploring the off-trails, my trips are always about gaining intimacy with the mountains and learning something new about myself and those that I am with.  I view my gear and my skills as necessary means to help me do that. Gear list: Necessary but insufficient […]

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