15 pounds on your back you can bag that peak and descend by any
route--no leaving a heavy backpack at the bottom. That's freedom.
Hang your pack from one shoulder and go 20 miles without blisters.
That's comfort. Lightweight, ultralight, or whatever you call
it, it's the way to go. If you need some convincing, see this
page: The Case for Ultralight Backpacking.
Hiking and Backpacking With a Cell Phone - March
24, 2014 - The last time I hiked to the top of one of the 14ers
in Colorado (mountains over 14,000 feet), I arrived to find a
dozen people talking on their cell phones. The last time I went
camping in Canada with a friend we had our wilderness experience
interrupted numerous times by calls from home. I'm not thrilled
about the idea of having phones along for a hike or backpacking
trip, but this isn't going to be a rant about preserving the
silence and peace in the wilderness. Instead this is my take
on how to properly use a phone when.... Continue
Lighter Backpacking - Getting Started - December
2013 - This is chapter two from my book "Ultralight Backpacking
Secrets," which is available as an Amazon Kindle e-book...
Are you ready for light backpacking? If you typically backpack...
Should You Learn How to Live Off the Land? -
November 2013 - Is it worthwhile for backpackers to learn all
about survival foods, just in case they get lost? Should hikers
regularly eat the plants and animals of the wilderness to supplement
the food they bring? What is the real value in learning how to
live off the land? I'll give... Continue
Hornets - Yellow jackets or hornets can sting
repeatedly, unlike bees. They also have a chemical in their venom
sac that, when released, causes other hornets to attack. It's
released when you crush the insect, so brush them off your body
without squashing them, or just move yourself away from them.
Cross Streams Early - The best time to cross
a stream is usually in the morning when the water level is the
lowest. By afternoon the snow melt from the mountains can swell
a stream substantially. If you arrive at a swollen stream late
in the day, you may want to camp there and cross early in the