Backpacking tips: Frequently adjust your pack!

Think about the last time you were out backpacking. How often did you adjust and readjust your pack? Once, before you headed out to the trailhead? Maybe you readjusted once just before heading down the trail the final day out? Most people tend to think of backpacks as a sort of “set it and forget it” piece of gear. Unfortunately, this leads many people to suffer through backpacking trips with an uncomfortable and poorly fitted pack. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve seen someone lumbering down trail with a loose hip belt and their pack listing dangerously to one side. This is no way to hike! Want to know the secret to efficiently and comfortably carrying a load on your back? Continue reading “Backpacking tips: Frequently adjust your pack!”

Choosing YOUR backcountry eating utensil

The shelves at your local outfitter are likely loaded with a vast selection of eating utensils designed for use in the backcountry. Sporks, spoons, forks, knives, chopsticks, aluminum, titanium, plastic, lexan… It can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. Which utensil is best? Well, it depends on what your needs are. What follows is a breakdown of some of the more common choices and how they can benefit your load out. Continue reading “Choosing YOUR backcountry eating utensil”

Critics questioning John Muir’s legacy and relevance in modern times

Take a look at this recent article published by the LA Times (Linked to here).

To briefly sum it up, a group of environmentalists are questioning whether John Muir’s ideas and conservationist mindset are relevant in today’s world. They imply that in this age of rapidly expanding populations, urban sprawl, and demographic changes, John Muir’s idea of maintaining undisturbed “pristine wilderness” simply doesn’t apply. Jon Christensen, a historian at UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability, says, “Muir’s a dead end, it’s time to bury his legacy and move on.” It is proposed in the article that, “Rather than accessing Muir’s beloved Sierra Mountains as backpackers, skiers or rock climbers, Californians would benefit more from the creation of urban parks, additional roads and trails in wild lands.”  Continue reading “Critics questioning John Muir’s legacy and relevance in modern times”

Quote of the Week: Emerson

Nature says thou shalt keep the air, skate, swim, walk, ride, run. When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1851

Gear Review: La Sportiva Wildcat Shoes

Let’s face it, shoes may not be the most interesting piece of gear to talk about, but they are essential to your outdoor pursuits. I’d even go as far as saying that they are the most important gear choice you make for hiking and backpacking, this goes doubly so for thru-hiking. Keeping your feet supported, comfortable and in good shape will keep you happier in the backcountry and allow you to hike for longer. That’s what matters most right?

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