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The Essential Guide to Frameless Backpacks

The Essential Guide to Frameless Backpacks

A frameless backpack is a core element of any ultralightweight backpacking strategy. Since the beginning of the 2000s, they’ve been my backpack model of choice for the majority of hiking trips that I’ve done. The following article contains a rundown of why you should...
A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Stubai High Trail

A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Stubai High Trail

The Stubai High Trail (“Stubaier Höhenweg” in German) is one of the most beautiful treks in the Austrian Alps. Linking together eight characterful mountain huts, this horseshoe-shaped route around the Stubai Valley oscillates between breathtaking passes and enchanting...
A Hiker’s Guide to the Labor Day Sales 2020

A Hiker’s Guide to the Labor Day Sales 2020

As many of my US readers will be aware, the Labor Day sales are now in full swing. This represents a great opportunity to save on any wishlist backpacking gear you may have been thinking about during the pandemic. Over the past week, I’ve been scanning the net for the...
Trail Runners Vs Hiking Boots: A 30 Year Perspective

Trail Runners Vs Hiking Boots: A 30 Year Perspective

From the late 1980s through to the end of the 1990s, I exclusively used hiking boots on all of my backpacking trips. They were waterproof, durable, grippy on slippery surfaces, and provided protection and stability for my feet and ankles. At the time, it was what...
A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Wonderland Trail

A Quick & Dirty Guide to the Wonderland Trail

The Wonderland Trail circles Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington (14,411 ft / 4,392 m) and the most glaciated mountain in the contiguous United States. During its 93 mile (150 km) course, it passes through a diverse collection of ecosystems ranging from...
Tips for Preventing and Treating Tick Bites

Tips for Preventing and Treating Tick Bites

Ticks are about as popular as Auntie Mabel’s fruitcake at Christmas time. These sneaky bloodsuckers can carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites, and alongside mosquitos are at the top of the vector class when it comes to disease transmission. Unfortunately, they are...
Brooks Cascadia 14 Trail Running Shoes Review

Brooks Cascadia 14 Trail Running Shoes Review

The Cascadia is Brooks’ signature trail running shoe. A well-cushioned, neutral support shoe with reliable traction, I’ve hiked in every version of the Cascadia since the 3rd edition was released in 2008. Over the years Brooks has made a lot of design tweaks to their...
A Hiker’s Guide to the REI Anniversary Sale

A Hiker’s Guide to the REI Anniversary Sale

As many of my US readers will be aware, the REI Anniversary Sale is now underway. This is a great opportunity to save on any wishlist backpacking gear you may have been thinking about while stuck indoors during the lockdown. Up until May 25, all REI members can save...
Slim’s River West Trail to Observation Mountain

Slim’s River West Trail to Observation Mountain

Located in Canada’s remote Yukon Territory, Kluane National Park and Reserve is home to the country’s highest mountain (Mount Logan – 5,959 m /19,551 ft), one of North America’s densest concentration of grizzly bears, and the largest non-polar icefield in the world....
Tips for Hiking Downhill | The Hiking Life

Tips for Hiking Downhill | The Hiking Life

Hiking downhill is often taken for granted. In the minds of some, it represents the equivalent of “backcountry gravy”; the reward that follows the exertion of a challenging ascent. Yet hiking downhill takes its toll. Twists, slips and tumbles are most likely to happen...