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Thru-Hiking 101 [Tips, Planning, Gear, FAQs & More]

Maybe adventure and exploration movies are your thing. Perhaps you live near a long trail and have spent years daydreaming about hiking it. Or you’ve quit your day job and want to savor your new freedom. Whatever your reason, you’re fired up and ready to plan a thru-hike. There’s just one problem — you have … Read more

ZPacks Offset Trio Review: A Spacious 3-Person UL Shelter

ZPacks’ ultralight tents have long reigned supreme in the backpacking shelter world. But rather than resting on their laurels, the good folks at ZPacks have continued to raise the bar with their recently released Offset Duo and, now, the three-person Offset Trio, which I was recently able to test out and review. The Duo already … Read more

Best Hiking in Los Angeles (20 Can’t-Miss LA Hikes & Trails)

Featuring sunset views, dense forests, and ocean breezes, the best hiking in and near Los Angeles will challenge everything you think you know about the city. Let’s face it — the Walk of Fame is far from the best walk L.A. has to offer. When I moved to the Los Angeles area nearly 10 years … Read more

Mount Bierstadt: Hiking One of Colorado’s Finest 14ers

I started hiking more seriously this year and decided to climb my first 14er. But I had two requirements. It had to be easy to access, with no entrance fees, and I didn’t want the mountain to destroy me. I decided on Mount Bierstadt. The problem was the weather didn’t cooperate. July and August 2023 … Read more
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Zpacks Triplex Review: A Formidable 3-Person Backpacking Tent?

I welcomed the chance to review the Zpacks Triplex ultralight backpacking tent. Its versatile trekking pole setup and Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF) make it one of the lightest, thinnest, and most reliable tents for staying dry and out of the elements. Here’s my in-depth look at its features, specifications, setup, and its upsides and downsides. … Read more
Five pairs of hiking underwear, men's and women's over a backdrop of a foggy forest

Best Hiking Underwear of 2023 [Men’s & Women’s Options]

Upon walking into an REI, it’s easy to get dazzled by all the big, shiny items on display, such as packs, trekking poles, and tents. But don’t overlook that humble but crucial piece of gear — your hiking underwear. Sure, your favorite cotton undies will do for a short jaunt or two. But for longer … Read more
Seven different scenes from adventure movies

47 Best Adventure Movies for Travelers & Thrill Seekers

Are you eager to add some adventure to your life? First, use this list to find vicarious inspiration from the best adventure movies out there. I’ve gathered films and documentaries that are travel- and outdoor-themed adventures, to fit with the spirit of this blog. We’ll kick off this list with movies spanning everything from decades-old … Read more

14 Best Hikes Near San Diego (Eagle Rock, Oak Canyon & More)

San Diego is one of the most popular U.S. travel destinations for several reasons. For some, it’s a good base for visits to that world-famous zoo. For others, it’s the perfect beach escape. And, if you’re into outdoor adventure, the best hikes near San Diego won’t disappoint. San Diego’s hiking scene offers trails with diverse … Read more

17 Backpacking Tips for Women (from an AT Thru-Hiker)

Whenever I talk about backpacking or thru-hiking, I tend to get a lot of skeptical questions from curious friends and family. But as a 5-foot-tall woman, I frequently hear well-meaning people ask: Aren’t you scared out there? Personally, I find walking in big cities to be much scarier than walking in the woods. Don’t let … Read more

59 Best Gifts for Hikers & Backpackers 2023 [Unique Ideas]

It isn’t easy to buy gifts for hikers and backpackers in 2023. I get it. We’re a gear-hungry bunch who spend far too much of our free time searching for products that’ll take our trail game to the next level. Buying something for an avid hiker that’s unique and worthwhile can get overwhelming because we … Read more
Camo Zpacks Duplex ultralight tent pitched in a high-alpine field in front of a mountain range

11 Best Ultralight Tents of 2023 [Backpacking & Thru-Hiking]

Gone are the days of toting bulky six-pound Eureka tents around the woods — backpacking shelters today save hikers every possible ounce. But with so many options on the market in 2023, it can be tough to decide on the best ultralight tent for your next backpacking or thru-hiking trip. Your tent is one of … Read more

Best US Cities for Hikers: Visit (or Live) Here for Primo Hiking 

I had two must-haves when putting together this list of the best US cities for hikers: 1) larger, vibrant cities; and 2) close proximity to natural wonders. That’s my dream — to commune with nature by day, then wash off the trail dust in a big city spa before exploring the nightlife. I looked for … Read more

Hiking Peru’s Inca Trail to Machu Picchu [2023 Guide]

“Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!” That’s Rudyard Kipling talking about exploration in general, but for me, it’s a specific command to explore Peru’s Sacred Valley and its crown jewel, the lost city of Machu Picchu. I’ve hiked Peru’s Inca Trail region seven times and can’t wait to do it … Read more
Hiking and backpacking snacks including chocolate, energy bars, ramen, seeds, nuts, trail mix, chocolate, and candy

18 Best Hiking & Backpacking Snacks for Energy on the Trail

Hiking snacks are as essential as sunscreen, trekking poles, or rain gear. After all, it won’t always rain nor is the sun guaranteed to shine, but I’ll always need calorie-dense hiking fuel. That logic is what inspired me to create this list of the best hiking and backpacking snacks. As hiking fuel, snacks should be … Read more
Six waterproof backpacks, Breakwater Supply, Zpacks, Patagonia, Matador, EarthPak, and Osprey with drops of water on them in the forest

13 Best Waterproof Backpacks of 2024 [Keep Your Gear Dry]

Ever hiked in the pouring rain, eager to change into the dry clothes inside your pack, only to find out they were soaking wet when you finished? We sure have, which is why we created this list of the 13 best waterproof backpacks of 2024. These weatherproof packs will keep you and your gear dry … Read more

7 Winter Camping Tips from an Avid Cold-Weather Camper

As the temperature drops and snow starts to fall, most people put away their camping gear for the winter and wait until warmer seasons to venture into the wilderness. But for those of us who love the thrill of cold-weather camping, the chillier months offer a unique and challenging experience that can’t be matched by … Read more
Mountain hiking trail near Portland with Mount Hood in the distance

17 Best Hikes Near Portland (Mount Hood, Tillamook & More)

Flanked by volcanic peaks, deep gorges, and old-growth forests, Portland, Oregon is home to many of the best hikes near any major American city. Whether visiting the Pacific Northwest for the first time or exploring as a long-time resident, these trails need to be on your list whenever pass through The Rose City. Searching for … Read more
Three ultralight ditty bags on a wooden desk

7 Best Ditty Bags for Backpacking & Travel Gear in 2023

The last thing you need when taking a trip is to stress over completely preventable inconveniences. Careful packing and storage planning is a big part of that, so do yourself a favor and check out the best ditty bags to organize your travel and backpacking gear in 2023. What’s a ditty bag used for in … Read more

Hiking the Appalachian Trail: 20 Tips from an AT Thru-Hiker

Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be the experience of a lifetime, a muddy slog, or something in between. So whether you’re looking to section hike, day hike, or are aiming to thru-hike all 2,200 miles, it’s crucial to be prepared. I completed a northbound thru-hike in 2021 and am a proud member of the “experience … Read more
Black NEMO Helio XL foot pump camp shower with a camper van and solar panels in the background

11 Best Camp Showers to Stay Fresh & Clean in 2023

Sure, there’s a rugged charm to that all-natural, musky scent after a long day’s hike. More power to you if that’s your thing, but take it from a seasoned outdoorsman – you’ll have a much more comfortable time out in nature with one of the best camp showers of 2023. Life can get a little … Read more