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.
Hiking and Backpacking Gear
After years of trial and error, here is the backpacking gear and hiking clothing that I return to over and over again.
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 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.
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.
Five of the best trail running shoes for hiking in 2019-2020, plus what to look for when trying and buying.
Detailed review of the Big Sky Soul 1P, an affordable, lightweight, versatile freestanding solo tent. Here’s why I love it for backpacking, bikepacking, and travel.
Finding the perfect gift for a hiker in your life, something they’ll actually use, can be a challenge. Fear not! These hiking gifts are universally useful.
How do the Marmot PreCip, OR Helium II, and Arc’teryx Beta AR compare? Learn how I rank these popular rain jackets for hiking and backpacking.
Choosing a backpacking sleeping pad? Learn from the thru-hikers. Here’s how to select the best sleeping pad for your next night in the backcountry.
Finding the best pack for the JMT is no easy task. To help, here’s an analysis of the most common packs from JMT gear lists, and what they have in common.
Choosing your hiking clothes wisely can shave pounds off your pack weight. Here’s an overview of what to wear backpacking when you’re trying to keep your backpack light.
Tired of big heavy boots? Here’s how to decide if hiking in trail running shoes is right for you, plus how to transition safely and which shoe models are best.
Thinking about making the switch to a menstrual cup? I outline the pros and cons of the Diva Cup and answer some awkward personal questions about how to use it.