6 Backpacking Hacks for Thru-Hiking

The more you dig into the endless advice for long-distance hiking, the more you’ll find the best insider hacks are less about crushing the biggest miles with the fanciest gear and more about saving money, weight, and time in some of the most low-maintenance ways possible. Becoming an efficient long-distance backpacker or thru-hiker comes with its own set of challenges, a lot of which you’ll...

Hut to Hut in the Italian Alps: Could Fette Biscottate be the only real suffering?

By: Carson Brown As a photographer it can be easy to fall into the habit of living through a lens. This trip, though, was one for us. Okay, yes I did take a few (hundred) photos but it wasn’t about  “live posting”, breaking some other site-seeing PR or checking some “extreme” peaks box. Redirecting our focus was the driving force of our Hut to Hut trip in the Italian Alps. From...

10 Must-Visit Hot Springs in the West

Natural hot springs invoke a special kind of magic found nowhere else—they are a balm for the soul in a hectic world of buzzing cell phones, honking horns, and constant demands for attention. While we don’t have room to include every worthy hot spring in the United States, these selections are some of the best in the western U.S. So relax and take a soak at one of these memorable natural...

5 of the Best Winter Backpacking Trips in the United States

Hitting the trails in the wintertime brings with it a whole different level of adventure. The uncrowded mountains all to yourself, the challenge of navigating snow-covered trails and unpredictable weather, and the mug of hot chocolate at the end of a long day are all enticing enough on their own but put them together and that’s when the magic begins. While backpacking in the winter can get a...

What’s in Your Pack? Thru-Hiking Edition

It’s the eternal question for any backpacker—what do you bring along, and what do you leave at home? Thru-hikers have it particularly tough, as the decisions they make determine their comfort and safety for weeks on end. This guide features about 30 things you should include in your thru-hiking pack, which sounds like a lot. But trust me when I say that once you’re out there on the trail...

Her Oregon Life

A photoblog from Ambassador Logan Dralle (Her Oregon Life) We packed up the car and hit the road to swing by Mount Shasta (Shasta-Trinity National Forest) where we backpacked in for the night. We camped above an alpine lake and skinny dipped at a nearby lake. We were lucky enough to make it back to camp to catch a beautiful sunset (followed by sunrise the next morning.) The next day, we hiked...

12 Easy Cocktails for Your Next Backcountry Trip

There’s nothing better than reaching camp, setting up your tent, and hanging out under the stars… with a cocktail in hand. On shorter trips where weight isn’t an issue, bring some extra fun ingredients and enjoy a drink in the great outdoors. These drinks can be mixed up in your camp mug and enjoyed right by the fire. Disclaimer : Bringing glass into the backcountry is never a good idea....

5 Things To Look for in the Perfect Pack

Buying a pack is a big purchase, and there is a lot to take into consideration whether you’re aiming for day hikes, weekend overnights, or longer backcountry endeavors. Depending on what type of hiking you plan on doing you want to take capacity, fit, and style, as well as other smaller details into consideration. Ideally, this pack will last you for years of backcountry ventures, so choose...

The 5 Best Fall Backpacking Trips in the United States

If the last hints of summer have you airing out your tent, packing away your sleeping bag, and fishing the last trail mix crumbs out of the bottom of your backpack—wait! Fall is still prime backpacking season. The heat of summer is gone, and the crowds have died down. Autumn ushers in crisp evenings around the campfire and the natural fireworks of changing fall foliage. Take advantage of it...

How to Travel 18,000 Miles With Your Dog

For two years, I worked toward a lofty life dream: to outfit a van and drive from California to Patagonia. By last winter, plans were finally coming to fruition. I quit my job, my boyfriend and I set a date to move out of our house, and our van was, well, a work in progress. But one month before we planned to leave, he called it quits on the trip—and ended our three-year relationship. With no...