Maintain social distance during day hikes

How To Maintain Social Distancing While Day Hiking

Hiking, by nature, is an activity that requires planning – sometimes only a little and sometimes months’ worth of research. So, it should come as no surprise to the serious hiker that the key to safe and respectful hiking during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter-in-place & social distancing mandate is thorough planning and preparation. 

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Paperwork to bring backpacking

Paperwork to bring backpacking

If your next adventure is taking you into the backcountry, you’re probably already planning on how to shave some weight off your pack. Chances are, you’re looking at your wallet and wondering what needs to come along and what can stay behind. If the only paperwork you’re bringing is a map, read on!

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Backpacking the Trans Catalina Trail

As far as mile per view goes, backpacking the Trans Catalina trail is hard to beat for the amount of effort and miles you need to put in for the grand, sweeping ridge views! While low mileage and a non technical trail, don't let the mile markers fool you into thinking this is a simple backpacking trip along a fire road. You'll climb up to the ridge, down to the ocean, and back up to the ridge, pretty much every single day!

Easy, yet excellent backpacking trip for the winter season as the mileage between campsites is low enough to accomplish in limited winter daylight hours.

Great trip for a gear shakeout if you're testing out new gear or simply looking to see what items you can go without.

Great intro to backpacking as there’s a lot of trail support or for experienced backpackers who want a low stress, minimal planning trip.

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Going Stoveless – Cold Soaked Meals on the Trail

Whether you’re going without a stove, carrying minimal fuel, hiking in extreme heat or a fire restricted area, or simply don’t feel like taking the time to boil water (anyone else a lazy morning person?!), try cold soaking on your next hiking trip!

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How to Make the Best Coffee in the Backcountry

I only have three requirements when I’m making coffee in the backcountry: 1) the coffee must taste great (duh); 2) the coffee can’t have a gritty feeling; and 3) cleanup must be fast and simple. Now, as a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I’ll admit that criteria #1 completely depends on the quality and freshness of the coffee beans and what your taste for coffee is. I like a black mug of joe from medium to light roasted beans.

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PCT Thru Hike Resupply Guide

Resupply On the Pacific Crest Trail

If you’re applying for the Pacific Crest Trail permit lottery or already have your permit issued, then congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards the adventure of a lifetime! 

For many, food is the largest source of anxiety when planning a long-distance backpacking trip. Read our resupply guide for more information on successfully planning your food for the PCT.

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The Definitive Backpacking Gear Checklist

So you want to go backpacking? Excellent! Let me be the first to welcome you to this lifelong addiction to the great outdoors and hiking off the beaten path. Read more for our philosophy on packing gear as well as a downloadable checklist!

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Eating Freeze Dried Food Without Water

The quest to pack lightweight camping and backpacking food is forever ongoing. Naturally, this begs the question if you are out section hiking or backpacking, do you need to fully rehydrate your freeze dried meals? Read on to learn more!

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5 Epic Backpacking Trips in the USA

America has some of the most iconic hiking trails in the world – from the recognizable vistas in places such as Arches, Yellowstone, and El Capitan, to the more cult like passion that Katahdin and the Tetons inspire. We’ve rounded up our 5 epic backpacking trips across the States. How many have you trekked?

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