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These hiking tips will help you use your outdoor gear smarter and lighter. This advice has been submitted by customers, ambassadors and our editor. Have a trick you would like to share? Contact us and we will consider publishing it!

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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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Skills and Techniques for the Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail (AZT) winds through diverse environments including arid landscapes. Adapting to long stretches between water sources, coping with desert plants and temperature extremes requires unique skills and techniques.  Navigation is also more challenging than on more mature and well traveled trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Appalachian Trail (AT). Mastering […]

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Pooping in the Woods while Hiking

Ever wondered how to poop in the woods while hiking? Everybody poops, and everybody who enjoys the backcountry has probably heard talk about how to poop in the woods. There are many good reasons why this is such a popular topic– pooping without a toilet is something most people in the developed world find uncomfortable […]

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Inflate A Sleeping Pad With A Trash Compactor Bag

Lightweight backpacking is about making the most out of the gear you bring with you. Finding multiple uses for your gear is one of the most cost efficient and ingenious ways to save weight. With a little creativity you can find that you really don’t need to bring items that serve small jobs. Ditch that […]

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Contingency Planning for Long Distance Hike

Spend any significant time backpacking, and you’re going to have something go wrong. Usually they are pretty small things that are more an annoyance than a major problem – being prepared for the rain when it starts pouring down, the air mattress springs a slow leak, the headlamp gets turned on in the pack and […]

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Tips for Lightweight Winter Backpacking

For 3-season backpacking, one of my primary goals is to go as light as possible, and I’ve gotten pretty good at putting together a backpack with an 8-pound base weight. Living in New England, the 3-seasons in question tend to last for only six or seven months each year. During the winter months, most people […]

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Connecting Life with Minimalist Hiking

“How do you wash your clothes?“ is one of the most frequent questions I get asked, closely followed by “Where do you shower?” People don’t ask for the birds I hear in the morning, for the smell of snow I notice floating through the air when stepping outside, for how the changing of the seasons […]

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