Ribz Front Pack | Reader Review

Ribz Frontpack review

Please join me in welcoming Maggie and Wesley as the first readers of Brian’s Backpacking Blog to become guest gear reviewers! Brian was so gracious to provide me with some Ribz Front Pack from RibzWear to test out and review for all my fellow BBB readers. I was finally able to get out of the […]

Altitude Adapt | Gear Testers Announced

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to leave a detailed comment on the Altitude Adapt Gear Tester post in order to be entered as part of the product testing and giveaway. There weren’t as many responses as I had hoped for, but the criteria to be eligible may have been a factor […]

High Altitude Gear Testers Wanted!

I’ll bet that many of you have read my gear reviews and thought “heck, I could do that if I was given free gear” or “how hard could that be?” Well continue reading to find out how five lucky readers can get the opportunity to score some free gear samples and write a review of […]

Poll: Bear Bells – Effective or Gimmick?

I was recently contacted by a reader who had a very specific question regarding the effectiveness of bear bells vs. whistles in the back country. Here is the full question: “Brian I wanted to get your opinion on the use of whistles to alert bears in the area as opposed to using bells. I fish […]

How Many Miles Have You Hiked in 2012?

Nowhere near enough, would be my response to that question. Between my day job, training for a major event, family life, and every other distraction you can think of, I’ve been unable to get out as much as I would normally or wanted to. I’ve done less hiking this year than any other year I […]

Help Finding A Watch Strap Compass

Watch Strap Compass

My friends over at ITSTactical recently published a blog post about their search for a high quality watch strap compass to replace the now discontinued Sunnto Clipper. A quick Google search turned up a bunch of alternatives, many of which the readers at ITSTactical have already pointed out via the comments there. As this is […]

Winner of the Helle Harding Knife Giveaway

Let me start by saying thank you to everyone who offered to participate in this giveaway by paying it forward with a piece of their own gear. I’m continually impressed at the willingness of my readers to jump in and get involved with this community – you’re awesome! Between all of the comments posted on […]

Fixing a Broken Nalgene | Reader Submission

I receive a lot of emails from my readers, but this one caught my eye because of how clever it was. With the permission of the sender I am reposting it here to share – a really great little hack! Hi guys, my name is Stephen Outten and I have a cool little backpacking tip […]

10 Skills Every Backpacker Should Have

I started this blog post with the intent of listing the top-10 basic skills that I believe every backpacker should have, but almost as soon as I started putting together my list I thought it would be much more interesting to let you all share what you think are the 10 most important skills to […]

Kupilka Giveaway Entry – Peter Gulbranson

I thought I’d share one of the entries from my recent (now closed) Kupilka giveaway that wasn’t published during the giveaway period. Many thanks to Peter for his excellent post and to all the other readers of my blog who submitted complete entries. I’ll continue to share them from time to time. Peter Gulbranson – […]