I nearly always backpack solo. The adventure and admiration of nature largely replaces any need for social interaction. But I often find myself wishing for someone to banter with after setting up camp in the evening. Pegging a reason for this is difficult. But usually by the time darkness falls and I crawl into my […]
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Travelogue of a 5-day backpacking trip in northeast Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness in the Wallowa Mountains.
Solo backpacking means being self-sufficient, off the grid, and miles from civilization — an exhilarating as well as terrifying experience.
One of the fun things about hiking and backpacking is getting plenty of exercise, which means you can justify a few extra calories. If you are going on a long or intense backpack trip, consuming enough calories can actually be a challenge. Serious backpackers try to find foods with 100 calories per ounce, which isn’t
Do you ever feel like just one day spent running in the mountains, loping over root-covered terrain, climbing up scree fields, whirling around switchbacks, and watching the sky change colors with the shifting sun is not enough? Or that getting up at dawn for a long run and having to rush back to your car
I gave this crazy-light, 2-person backpacking tent hell this spring and summer. Actually, my 3-year-old did. And it still sets up like new with no major wounds in a flash. Its inaugural outing included a good toddler thrashing from my son after he woke up to the warm Arizona sunshine with s’more still stuck to
Known more for its bike and roof racks and strollers and bike trailers, Thule’s Versant backpack is a high-quality, thoughtfully designed gear hauler for multi-day trips that manages to keep the pack weight down to 4.19 pounds even with plenty of welcome options. The pack is fully customizable with an adjustable hipbelt and torso, which
If you haven’t already heard, there’s been a new buzz in the air in the mountain biking scene that has to do with backcountry adventuring on your bike called bikepacking. The concept isn’t new. Cyclists have been touring and camping off of road bikes for almost a century. The only difference here is that bikepacking
Backpacking for a bachelor party? Rob Kennedy did just that with a trip to Hells Canyon with some buddies before getting married on August 27th this summer. “Nothing went as planned,” he says about the trip, but “there was an awesome river crossing. Some rafters hooked us up with smoothies, and we caught fish in