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.
Hiking and Backpacking
Here you’ll find hiking and backpacking resources of all kinds, from gear reviews to trail guides to important tips I’ve learned from years of exploring some of our planet’s most beautiful places on foot.
Sometimes I like to move fast on long day hikes, or experiment with minimalist gear on lightweight backpacking trips. Sometimes I like to relax and enjoy the views. And sometimes both!
However you hike, I hope these hiking and backpacking resources inspire you to hit the trail and take your adventures to a new level. Happy trails!
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 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.
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…
Tired of restless nights spent counting the hours until sunrise? Here are twelve trail-tested tips for sleeping better while backpacking or camping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 refers to several amazing and lesser-known backpacking routes in Sequoia National Park. Here’s a trail guide to four possible Mineral King hikes.
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.
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.
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.