A Guide to Hiking with your Dog

Hiking with your dog

Dogs are a natural fit for joining you on your hiking and backpacking adventures. Let’s face it, most dogs love to be outside. The sights, the smells, the sounds… did I mention the smells!? Just like you, your dog will benefit from the exercise and fresh air and can keep you in good company on the […]

CleverHiker.com: Interview with Dave Collins

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I recently had some time to talk with Dave Collins from CleverHiker.com about his new project and I figured I would do a quick write-up to cover our discussion. Dave is a determined and passionate hiker with a vision to help spread the benefits of lightweight and ultralight hiking techniques. He is currently looking for […]

Carrying Your Poop | The WAG Bag Waste Kit

No other topic of conversation regarding my recent Mt Whitney trip has elicited more interest than having to poop in a WAG bag. It both fascinates and astonishes people that there could be such a bizarre requirement as to have to carry your own poop out with you and that you get provided with WAG […]

Ounces & Inches – Decimal Tables

I always seem to need to look up the decimal value for fractions of an ounce when I’m writing one of my blog posts. I try to include detailed weight specifics for any products or MYOG projects as part of the post. Unfortunately my small digital scales only display weights as fractions and I’m definitely […]

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 […]

Turk’s Head Knot Paracord Woggle

Ok, so this is not strictly backpacking related, but it involves 550 paracord, knot tying, some creative use of wood glue, and the final result is pretty darn cool, so I thought I’d share it anyway. A woggle, for those of you that have never heard the term, is a device used to fasten the […]

Cord Weight/Strength/Cost Comparisons

Over the last few months I’ve been slowly pulling together a spreadsheet of specifications about different types of cordage that are commonly use by backpackers and hikers with the intent of being able to slice and dice the information in several different ways, by weight, strength, diameter, etc. I’ve recently completed the comparison table using […]

Find Local Hikes and Trails

One of my favorite magazines, Backpacker, has a very cool online gadget that lets you search for hikes and trails near where you live by entering in your address or just your zip code.  It’s also good for looking up trails in places where you might be planning to go.  You can apply filters to […]

Home-made Stuff Sacks

Ever since I stumbled across the excellent instructions of how to make a silnylon stuff sack on Thru-Hiker’s website, I’ve wanted to try making some for myself.  The only problem was I didn’t have a sewing machine.  I had bought a couple of yards of inexpensive 1.1oz ripstop silnylon fabric from Quest Outfitters in anticipation […]