Our JMT Thru Hike, What Worked & What Didn’t

Our JMT Thru Hike, What Worked & What Didn't

So I know that everyone has been wondering exactly how our John Muir Trail thru hike went, and more specifically what worked and what didn’t. From a gear side of things we were pretty well dialed in from the get go. True, we had to overnight some shoes while on the trail and subsequently swap […]

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike – Part 2

Ultimate guide to planning a JMT thru hike

Welcome to part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike, where we discuss everyones least favorite thing in the world… Logistics… the four letter word of planning So you have your gear pretty well dialed in, but you still don’t know how you’re going to get to the trail, how the […]

Accepting Adventure – Hiking the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail (JMT)

Like most people, I work 40 hours each week in an office, fill my evenings with other obligations and try to spend as much time with my kids as possible. I spend weekends hiking, climbing the occasional mountain and take as many family camping trips as possible. I definitely live for the weekends, but still […]

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike – Part 1

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike

The title sort of suggests a bold claim right? Well, this two part series will help you prepare for the John Muir Trail (JMT) in two major areas. In part 1 we will cover everyones favorite, gear. In the second edition of the series we will cover the dreaded logistics of planning a thru hike. […]

Mobile Apps for Any Outdoor Adventure

Please join me in welcoming Whitney Adams as a guest blogger for Brian’s Backpacking Blog. The great outdoors is a place where people can go to get back to nature and not have to worry about emails, phone calls, or anything work related. However, there is a way to incorporate technology into your outdoor adventure. […]

Hikes Rarely Go Exactly As Planned

Some times, no matter how carefully you plan a trip things just go wrong. Sh*t happens as they say. A piece of gear will break unexpectedly, something important will get accidentally left behind, that carefully planned resupply won’t arrive on time, or someone will get hurt – it could be a myriad of scenarios and at some […]

Planning for Unplanned Hikes

Planning for unplanned hikes

Do you ever get the sudden urge to just hit the trail and get going? No planning or gear gathering, just get up and go because the weather is nice and you ‘need’ to get outside. I do, more than you’d know. To be able to do this at a minute’s notice, I keep a […]

Do You Need a Knife for Backpacking?


Not carrying a knife or some form of small blade is incomprehensible to me and a lot of other backpackers and hikers, but to others it’s a piece of gear they don’t feel is necessary to carry at all. As some of my more frequent readers may recall, I have been slowly reducing the size […]

Online Walking Time Calculator

I came across a really useful online walking time calculator during my daily reading and decided to share it with you all.  It’s pretty flexible and can even help you adjust your times to account for ascents (Naismith’s Rule) and fatigue (Tranter’s Corrections). Worth checking out and bookmarking! Naismith’s Rule:Is named after the Scottish climber […]