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Dolly Sods: An Outstanding Backpacking Adventure You'll Love

The 17,371 acres Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is a must-do for any hiking or backpacking enthusiast. You'll love the varying terrain and abundant foliage this forest has to offer.


What to Pack on Your First Hitchhiking Trip: A Beginner's Guide

Deciding what to put in your backpack for your first hitchhiking trip can be a hassle. You are worried about forgetting the important stuff and packing useless junk. This list is the perfect guide for beginners eager to embark on their first journey!


Internal Frame Backpacks

Internal frame backpacks are used for hiking through rugged and uneven ground. They allow the hiker to remain stable. They are easy to size and adjust.


Hiking Minnesota's Kekekabic Trail

This is my journal from my 5-day backpacking (and bushwhacking) trip on northern Minnesota's seldom-used, 41-mile Kekekabic Trail. This was the first part of a longer backpacking trip.


Backpacking Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

This is my journal from my 6-day end-to-end hike of the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail in southwestern Pennsylvania, years ago.


How to Make Coffee While Backpacking

How do you get your caffeine fix while backpacking? This article explores several methods for making coffee while camping.


Backpacking at Mohican-Memorial State Forest

Insider tips on where to hike for a short day trip and a longer over-nighter, Park trail vs. Forest trail comparison, details on park and pack campsites, and another reason to visit Central Ohio!


How to Achieve Ultralight Backpacking Status

Are you interested in learning how to get into ultralight backpacking? This article will help you to adhere to the 10 pound base weight limit by outlining gear options.


What to Pack for the Camino de Santiago

This is a complete list of things to consider packing (and some things not to pack) for your pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, as well as a few tips along The Way.


Reflections of a Pilgrim

Read about how Ada walked the Camino de Santiago looking for adventure. Instead she found a husband, peace of mind, and a love for the simple life as a pilgrim. And blisters. So many blisters!


How to Choose Between the Osprey Talon 22 and Osprey Talon 33

Should you go for a smaller pack with less capacity or step up and get more volume with the next larger model? That's usually the dilemma when deciding among packs.


A Three Day Hike to Emerald Lake and Moon Lake in Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Pine River Trail to Emerald Lake and Moon Lake in the Weminuche Wilderness is beautiful. It winds through forest, meadows, and fields of wildflowers.


How to Become a Lightweight Backpacker

Hike further and faster by adopting lightweight backpacking. These are my top tips for carrying a lighter pack.


How to Purify Water When You are Camping or Backpacking

From Giardia and Crypto to Hepatitis A and E. coli, there are some nasty little critters lurking in your drinking water. Be prepared in an emergency too, by having the skills to purify water.


How to Use a Bounce Box on a Long-Distance Backpacking Trip

The bounce box, or drift box, provides access to gear and supplies on your backpacking trip without actually having to carry it on your back the entire time.


Types of Backpacking Stoves: Choosing the Best Stove for Your Camping Adventure.

What is the best backpacking stove for your next wilderness adventure? This article covers the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular types of camping stoves.


The Art of Solo Backpacking and Hiking

But you said to always hike with a small group didn't you? As solo hikers, we bear the scorn of the outdoor world. Outing clubs view us with disdain and park rangers scowl as we register as a "party of one." However responsible solo backpackers and hikers who manage their risk appropriately can have a safe and enlightening wilderness experience. This article offers encouragement, explanation, and skill sets for a safe solo hiking experience.


The Best Knives for Backpacking: Choosing the Right Outdoor Knife

A well made knife can be a great hiking companion. Outbound Dan reviews several knives from multi-tools to neck knives for backpacking.


Backpacking Survival Stories: Using a Knife to Escape From a Falling Sled

In what began as a simple solo snowshoeing trip in the Adirondack backcountry, a momentary lack of safety protocol pits a backpacker against potential death. Only a knife can change his fate.


Gear List for Winter Backpacking and Hiking

An experienced backpacker shares his winter backpacking list of all the gear you need for cold-weather camping.


Hiking the South Bass Trail in Grand Canyon

Backpacking off Grand Canyon's beaten paths: My favorite rim-to-river hike on the South Rim