Choosing the Right Dog for Your Backpacking Lifestyle

I’ve always wanted to take a dog backpacking with me, even before I had a dog. Choosing a breed that would do well on the trail was our number one priority when picking a dog. We checked out some cuties at the shelter, including a Border Collie mix (apparently) that was only about 20 pounds.

26 Sep 2013
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Review: Nesco FD-80 Square Shaped Dehydrator

A year or so ago, I bought the Nesco FD-80 Square Shaped Dehydrator for making trail food. We decided that freeze-dried meats and boxes of macaroni and cheese weren’t the only things we wanted to eat on the trail. We wanted to make vegetable chips and beef jerky (sooo much better made at home than

25 Sep 2013
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CamelBak Groove 0.6 Liter Bottle

Do you have a favorite water bottle? I do, hands down. The CamelBak Groove 0.6 Liter Bottle is such a great bottle, with a filter that really manages to make that nasty tap water found in so many NPS taste so good! Favorite Backpacking Water Bottle My favorite backpacking water bottle might surprise you. While

25 Sep 2013
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Merrell Running Shoes

I just bought these brand new shoes this weekend and can’t wait to hit the trail and try them out! I can never pass up a good sale item, and if they’re Merrell Running shoes on sale, you know it’s worth it. I’ll let you guys know how I like them once I get out

25 Sep 2013
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Orthopedic Specialists and Shoulder Pain

I went to see the orthopedic specialist about my shoulder this week. It’s been bothering me for over five months now and I just had to do something about it! I went and saw my husband’s orthopedic specialist (the one who repaired his ACL in January) because he specializes in sports injuries, which is what

03 May 2013
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Hiking Clothes

Choosing the right clothes for a backpacking trip is essential to your comfort on the trail. The key to comfort is, first of all, knowing the climate conditions where you’ll be traveling. For example, a backpacking adventure in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in May will be a lot different from one in the Gallatin

10 Mar 2012
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The view from Clingman's Dome

Backcountry Fees at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Update on Back Country Fees at the Great Smoky Mountains, February 27, 2013 As of February 13, 2013, the Smoky Mountains National Park is requiring all back country backpackers to have a permit and a reservation, although this does not seem much different from previous rules. The National Parks website is unclear about the charging

07 Mar 2012
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Choosing a Site For Your Tent

Pitching your tent in the backwoods is a lot different from pitching it at a car-camping site. This might seem obvious to seasoned backpackers, but to those just getting their start, this is something worth covering. I remember my first backpacking trip. We camped on a hilltop in the woods, in Red River Gorge. It

07 Mar 2012
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Fitness for the Trail

A great way to get in shape for a backpacking adventure is by going trail running. This kind of workout is the best way to prepare yourself for your upcoming excursion because you’re going to be practicing in the same environment where you’ll be backpacking. Just be sure to begin this sooner than a few

06 Mar 2012
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Grilling Steaks on the Trail

If you read my article about bringing steaks on the trail, you probably wondered how those steaks were ever going to get cooked over a campfire, especially if you’re traveling ultralight and a grill grate isn’t a part of your backpacking gear! Well, wonder no more; here are some ideas for getting the job done,

05 Mar 2012
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Steaks on the Trail

As a backpacker, you should never assume that you have to have a dull and tasteless cuisine on the trail. The absolute opposite is true! All you need is a little ingenuity, creativity, and a taste for something spectacular. Even an ultralight enthusiast can enjoy something spectacularly tasty. How about a thick, juicy steak? Don’t

04 Mar 2012
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Hot Breakfast on the Trail

Have you ever awakened cold and groggy after a night of sleeping on the ground? Sure, we all have. Especially after a number of nights on the trail, it’s not uncommon to start feeling a little overwhelmed. The cure for a morning like this is usually a hot breakfast, but sometimes the thought of a

03 Mar 2012
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