Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Review

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core

There are sleeping pads that weigh everywhere from a few ounces to a few pounds. When I got into backpacking I thought it would be worthwhile to get a thick inflatable pad that would be puncture resistant and very comfortable. The pad I initially bought was the Big Agnes Insulated

Guide to No Cook Backpacking

If you’ve been backpacking for a while then you likely know what your favorite back country foods are. Some of you probably aren’t amazed with any of the food you cooked while you have been out there. That is the same category that I fell into. I always cooked for

2017 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Appalachian Trail Gear

You might be planning an upcoming thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. If you are then I imagine that your gear is one of the things that you are probably busy planning. When I was planning my trip I enjoyed seeing detailed gear lists of past hikers. The list below

Altra King MT Review | 500 Miles

King MT

Hiking in adverse conditions means that you need trail runners with a solid tread and quick drying. I looked at the Altra King MT’s one day and thought these would be the perfect shoe for me on the Appalachian Trail. I bought a pair of them and hiked with them

Post Appalachian Trail REI Flash 45 Gear Review

Flash 45 with other packs

I’ve spent a lot of time with my trusty REI Flash 45. I bought it on impulse back in 2015 at the end of the season sale. It was on sale for a whopping $50. I couldn’t have ever expected that the REI Flash 45 would last me three years

Do you need trekking poles to hike?

Hiking the whites without poles

Trekking poles are a necessity for most hikers and for good reason. They provide stability over technical terrain, reduce the impact on the knees, and can help increase your speed. Nowadays, your trekking poles often go right into your tent in lieu of real poles. So there is a lot

Best Ultralight Backpacks Under a Pound.

I looked around and couldn’t find a guide of ultralight backpacks that suited my needs, so I decided to create exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know what backpacks are pushing the limits, taking us to the edge where the magic happens. If I find one more

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike Statistics

Days per state

Everyone knows that thru hiking the Appalachian Trail is about much more than just numbers. Luckily, I decided to have some fun with my thru hike statistics. I tried my best to accurately document everything so you can get a better insight into how I thru hiked. Everyone has a

Best Hiking Socks: Keeping Your Feet Happy

Best hiking socks

Socks are one of the most important pieces of gear for any distance hike, pick the wrong kind and you’ll likely end up with blisters. I have thoroughly used a decent amount of hiking socks. On my 2017 thru hike, I mainly used 4 different brands. Socks are definitely a

Best Value Ultralight Setup: Sub 7 lb Sub $700

Ultralight Setup chart

Buying new gear can feel overwhelming. Especially if you are coming from an older setup or completely new. Buying too cheap the first time will likely mean that it won’t hold up and you’ll end up replacing the gear. Other gear is priced expensively for minimal weight savings. For some