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Does Bear Spray Really Work?

You’ve packed a can of bear spray and are heading off to your favorite wildlife-populated backcountry. But somewhere in the back of your head you’re wondering… if I have to use this stuff, will it…

Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter Review

Sawyer recently released their new Micro Water Filter and we’re pretty excited about it. In a nutshell, the Micro is more compact, lighter, and more affordable than their very popular Squeeze filter. And unlike the…

Mount Adams Backpacking Guide

With spectacular fields of wildflowers well into summer, incredible mountain scenery, and cozy campsites nestled in beautiful meadows, backpacking in the Mount Adams Wilderness should definitely be on your radar. At 12,281 feet, Mount Adams…

Mosquitos & Hiking: How to Protect Yourself

Few things can ruin a backpacking trip quicker than relentless swarms of buzzing mosquitoes. We've all been there - continuous swatting, itchy red welts, and early retreats to your tent. Besides being annoying and irritating,…

New HMG Hip Belt Pockets Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes some of our favorite ultralight backpacking gear and their Southwest 2400 and 3400 backpacks have been at the top of our Best Lightweight Backpacks list for almost three years running. The…

Glacier National Park Backpacking Guide

With more than 700 miles of backcountry trails traversing lush alpine meadows, glacier-carved peaks, deep valleys, and moss-fringed cirques cradling stunning azure lakes, Glacier National Park is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is physically and…