6 Bear Hang Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

We all know it’s important to hang our food in bear country, but it’s not as simple as it sounds. Avoid these bear hang mistakes to keep your food, the bears, and future hikers safe.

Hand is holding a Smartwater bottle in a stream to fill it up

5 Ways to Carry Water While Backpacking

It might sound simple, but experienced hikers get particular about how they carry water while backpacking. Here are five proven systems, with pros and cons and compatibility notes.

Backpacker huddled in sleeping quilt

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.