What’s The Best Two Way Radio for Camping?

If you go to Amazon’s Best Selling Two-Way Radios, the Motorola MH230R Talkabout Two-Way Radio will invariably pop up in one of the top positions, frequently as the Number 1 Best Selling Two Way Radio. That has been the case for years, and for good reason. The Motorola 23-mile range…

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Thru Hiking

In 2005 I found myself lacing my boots, shouldering my pack, and heading out to Smoky Mountain National Park to hike a sixty-mile segment of the famous Appalachian Trail. Nestled in the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Smokies provide a very scenic, but very small segment of this…

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How to Install a Roof Top Tent

roof rack tents can generally be used with most OEM vehicle roof racks. However, according to the manufacturers, an aftermarket rack tends to be easier to mount your tent to, be more sturdy and give you additional attachment for additional gear. Know Your Roof Rack Weight Ratings As mentioned by…

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Mountain Scrambling Guide

Maybe you’ve been on hiking trip and glanced up at a scree slope that leads to a mountain top and thought: “I’d like to climb up there! It looks pretty accessible.” If you’ve never scrambled a peak or do so infrequently, below are some suggestions for your next day out….


How to Prevent Foot Blisters

You would be hard pressed to find a hiker who has never gotten a blister. I’ve taken off my Gore-Tex boot after a twelve-mile day to find several blisters all over my feet—everywhere from atop my pinkie toe to behind my heel.  They are painful, irritating, and can make the…


M416 Trailer: Overland Camping based on Military Jeep Trailer

The M416 trailer, or commonly referred to as a military “jeep trailer”, was designed to be towed for utility behind, as you may have already guessed, military jeeps. The M416 jeep trailer was an off-road capable cargo trailer. Small, but stout due to being military grade hardware, the trailer could…


Wood Burning Backpacking Stoves: 6 Wood Stoves to Consider

If you’re headed out on a backpacking adventure, you have two basic choices about how you’re going to cook your food other than the traditional campfire. You can cook on a canister stove like the JetBoil or the MSR Reactor. Both are excellent stoves. Those two backpacking stoves and other…


Sawyer Water Filter Review – Testing Out the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

A short backpacking excursion to Bear Lake in Emigrant Wilderness afforded my buddy Wade and I a chance to properly do a Sawyer water filter review, and give it a proper test outdoors. I’ve used a PUR (now Katadyn) Hiker for the last 15 years. After looking at all the best backpacking water filtration…


Tips for Backpacking in the Rain

Bring the Right, Rain-Proof Gear If there’s any chance of rain, you’ll want to be properly equipped and you’ll be much more likely to have a great time! Otherwise, you’ll be miserable at the very least or worse, be at risk for hypothermia. Follow these tips for backpacking in the…


Backpacking Breakfast Ideas

A backpacking breakfast is an important part of your trip and tends to be my favorite meal of the day.  With a little creative thinking you can come up with great ideas to avoid a bland, boring breakfast. Potato Patties Instant mashed potatoes come in all sorts of flavors, from…


How to Install a Roof Top Tent

roof rack tents can generally be used with most OEM vehicle roof racks. However, according to the manufacturers, an aftermarket rack tends to be easier to mount your tent to, be more sturdy and give you additional attachment for additional gear. Know Your Roof Rack Weight Ratings As mentioned by…