How To Hike Your First 20 Miler: Tips for Long Days on the Trail

Want to take your hiking or backpacking to another level? Here are tips and techniques for hiking long days more comfortably, so you can enjoy even more wild places.

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…

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.

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.

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.

How to Choose (And Use) A Bear Canister for Backpacking

How to Choose (And Use) A Bear Canister for Backpacking

Bear canisters keep you, your food, and the bears safe. Here’s a deep-dive guide to choosing, using, carrying, and packing your bear canister for backpacking trips.

How To Use Hiking Poles (+ Buying Guide)

How To Use Hiking Poles (+ Buying Guide)

Hiking pole deep dive: how to use hiking poles, do they really help anyway, and how to choose the best hiking poles for your needs.

Cactus to Clouds Hiking Guide (+ Must-Know Safety Info)

Cactus to Clouds Hiking Guide (+ Must-Know Safety Info)

Thinking about taking on the notorious Cactus to Clouds hiking route? Here’s what you must know before attempting this epic and potentially dangerous day hike from Palm Springs.

Cone Peak Hiking Guide: From Sea to Sky at Big Sur

Cone Peak Hiking Guide: From Sea to Sky at Big Sur

Hiking Cone Peak might be the most spectacular thing you can do in the Big Sur area. Here’s a trail guide to the four different Cone Peak hiking routes.

Mineral King Loop: Four Gorgeous Route Options (With Maps)

Mineral King Loop: Four Gorgeous Route Options (With Maps)

Mineral King Loop refers to several amazing and lesser-known backpacking routes in Sequoia National Park. Here’s a trail guide to four possible Mineral King hikes.

How long does it take to hike the John Muir Trail?

How long does it take to hike the John Muir Trail?

How many days does it take to hike the John Muir Trail? It depends! Here’s how to calculate the JMT hiking pace that’s right for you.

The Outdoor Lover’s Guide to Home Quarantine

The Outdoor Lover’s Guide to Home Quarantine

Is home isolation raining on your outdoor adventure parade? Here are some ways to cope, from QuaranTraining to adventuring vicariously to trying to be productive.

Essential Home Workout Equipment for Staying Fit While Stuck Indoors

Essential Home Workout Equipment for Staying Fit While Stuck Indoors

Stuck inside due to bad weather or, you know, a global pandemic? Don’t let your outdoor fitness slip away. These essential home workout tools are affordable, compact, and extremely effective.

Water Purification For Hiking and Backpacking: Here’s What You Need to Know

Water Purification For Hiking and Backpacking: Here’s What You Need to Know

Everything you need to know about water filtration for hiking and backpacking: why and how to filter, what the risks are, and choosing a water filter, and more.