Author: Alissa at Exploring Wild

4 Epic Gravel and Dirt Road Bikepacking Routes in the Western US For Intermediate Riders

4 Epic Gravel and Dirt Road Bikepacking Routes in the Western US For Intermediate Riders

Looking for a big bikepacking adventure but not exactly a mountain biking master? Build your experience with these intermediate-level bikepacking routes featuring plenty of gravel and dirt road.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the John Muir Trail

What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the John Muir Trail

Hiking the John Muir Trail is a once in a lifetime experience. Learn from my mistakes with these JMT hiking tips I wish I had known beforehand.

Broken Top Loop Backpacking Guide | Three Sisters Wilderness, OR

Broken Top Loop Backpacking Guide | Three Sisters Wilderness, OR

Broken Top Loop is a dramatic and varied 22 mile backpacking route through Three Sisters Wilderness, west of Bend. Here’s a guide to logistics, campsites, and what to expect.

Devil’s Dome Loop Backpacking Guide | North Cascades, WA

Devil’s Dome Loop Backpacking Guide | North Cascades, WA

Route and logistics guide to Devil’s Dome Loop, a dramatic 40ish mile backpacking route in the North Cascades. The views are heavenly, but the devil is in the 5000+ foot climb…

Food Ideas For US Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking

Food Ideas For US Bicycle Touring and Bikepacking

Here’s how to fuel your bicycle tour or bikepacking trip in the US, including what to eat, where to find it, and tips on resupplying in small towns and remote areas.

Best of Joshua Tree National Park for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Best of Joshua Tree National Park for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Joshua Tree National Park for active outdoor adventure lovers: hiking, biking, camping, and climbing highlights.

12 Tips for Better Sleep While Backpacking or Camping

12 Tips for Better Sleep While Backpacking or Camping

Tired of restless nights spent counting the hours until sunrise? Here are twelve trail-tested tips for sleeping better while backpacking or camping.

38 Tips for Staying Warm While Backpacking

38 Tips for Staying Warm While Backpacking

It’s hard to enjoy the backcountry when you’re freezing your buns off. Here are all my best tips for staying warm while backpacking, even if you get cold as easily as I do.

14 Fascinating Places to Visit in Sudan

14 Fascinating Places to Visit in Sudan

Sudan is a well-kept secret among adventurous travelers. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Sudan for history lovers, cultural travelers, and backpackers.

North Coast Ridge to Cone Peak: Epic Ventana Wilderness Ridge Hike

North Coast Ridge to Cone Peak: Epic Ventana Wilderness Ridge Hike

If you’ve already hiked to Cone Peak in the Ventana Wilderness and want something bigger, this burly multi-day trek along North Coast Ridge might be just the thing.

Hell’s Gate National Park: Bicycle Safari and Slot Canyon Hiking in Kenya

Hell’s Gate National Park: Bicycle Safari and Slot Canyon Hiking in Kenya

Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya is, despite the intimidating name, a beautiful place to hike, camp, and even bicycle amongst the wildlife. Here’s what you need to know before visiting.

How to Explore Luxor’s West Bank by Bicycle

How to Explore Luxor’s West Bank by Bicycle

If you’re visiting Egypt and enjoy exploring at your own pace, visiting Luxor’s west bank by bicycle should be on your list. Here’s how to do it.

From The Gear Closet: Favorite Bikepacking and Touring Gear

From The Gear Closet: Favorite Bikepacking and Touring Gear

Just a big list of my personal favorite gear for bikepacking and touring, and what I love about it. Welcome to my garage.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in  New Zealand | Guide + 4 Day Itinerary

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in New Zealand | Guide + 4 Day Itinerary

The Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail is the longest official bike route in New Zealand. Here’s a guide to this scenic cycling route, especially for independent travelers who like to camp.

Panniers vs. Bikepacking Bags: How to Choose?

Panniers vs. Bikepacking Bags: How to Choose?

Deciding between panniers vs. bikepacking bags for your next adventure? This guide will help you understand which system is best for which kind of bicycle trip.

18 Day John Muir Trail Itinerary from Lyell Canyon

18 Day John Muir Trail Itinerary from Lyell Canyon

To help you plan your JMT hike, here’s the 18 day John Muir Trail itinerary I used to hike from the Lyell Canyon alternate start.

From The Gear Closet: My Favorite Lightweight Backpacking Gear

From The Gear Closet: My Favorite Lightweight Backpacking Gear

After years of trial and error, here is the backpacking gear and hiking clothing that I return to over and over again.

Bearikade Expedition Bear Canister – Gear Review

Bearikade Expedition Bear Canister – Gear Review

If you need a really big bear canister, the Bearikade Expedition should be at the top of your list. Here’s a review to help you decide if all the fancy carbon fiber is worth your money.

Tahoe Rim Trail: 7 Day Lightweight Backpacking Itinerary and Tips

Tahoe Rim Trail: 7 Day Lightweight Backpacking Itinerary and Tips

The 170 mile Tahoe Rim Trail makes a fantastic lightweight backpacking route. Here’s a 7 day TRT itinerary, plus gear and logistics notes, from my TRT thru-hike.

Borah Gear Cuben Bivy – Gear Review

Borah Gear Cuben Bivy – Gear Review

The Borah Gear Cuben bivy is an ultralight, ultra-packable, water resistant bivy with bug netting top. It’s not right for every adventure, but here’s where it shines.

CNOC Vecto as Alternative to Sawyer Squeeze Bags – Gear Review

CNOC Vecto as Alternative to Sawyer Squeeze Bags – Gear Review

Love your Sawyer water filter but hate those darn dirty bag pouches? Me too! Here’s a Sawyer squeeze pouch alternative for less squeezing and more gravity filtering.

Enlightened Equipment Convert Hybrid Sleeping Quilt – Gear Review

Enlightened Equipment Convert Hybrid Sleeping Quilt – Gear Review

The Enlightened Equipment Convert is a flexible, lightweight hybrid sleeping quilt great for, well, pretty much anything. Here’s what I love about it, and one little thing that I don’t.

Hardest and Highest Hill Hikes in the SF Bay Area

Hardest and Highest Hill Hikes in the SF Bay Area

Looking for something tall to hike to the top of? This list of challenging hill climbs in the San Francisco Bay Area has you covered.

Cycling Boise to Klamath Falls: Quiet Highways + Oregon Outback Bikepacking Route

Cycling Boise to Klamath Falls: Quiet Highways + Oregon Outback Bikepacking Route

Here’s 614 miles of lightly trafficked, wide-open eastern and central Oregon bicycle route. The only catch: it’s half pavement and half dirt. This mixed terrain adventure has a bit of everything.