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The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built The British Columbian Wilderness and the Baddest Water Filter Ever Built

300 miles north of Vancouver lies the Great Bear Rainforest. It’s a huge, rugged, chunk of land with ample diversity of scenery, and the best part is that it is very, very sparsely populated. Think Yellowstone minus the tourists. In a nutshell, you want to go to there.

How To Pack A Backpack, The Right Way

What you put where for your backpacking adventure will determine how comfortable you are and how far you can walk. We made a little video to show you how to get it right.

REI Traverse Pack Review: Just Right, At The Right Price REI Traverse Pack Review: Just Right, At The Right Price

Meet my new favorite backpack. At 48 liters, the REI Traverse is just the right size for shorter trips, secures its load so tight that it’s silent, makes room for oddly-shaped equipment and provides ample airflow across your back. All that for just $169.

Ultralight Backpacking Tarps Go Mainstream Ultralight Backpacking Tarps Go Mainstream

Targeted at people who prioritize backpack weight over sleeping comfort and weather protection, ultralight tarps and the tiny companies that hand make them were, until now, pretty rare. But this one is made by Mountain Safety Research, one of the most-respected names in tents. Get ready for a new era of minimalist…

Slingfin 2Lite Review: Everest Tent Tech For The Backpacker Slingfin 2Lite Review: Everest Tent Tech For The Backpacker

A new American company that makes the strongest tents on Everest has just launched this new line for backpackers. They’re as light as anything else out there, but much stronger, much more livable and, believe it or not, cheaper too. We took one up the highest mountain in the lower 48.

Can A Cube-Like Shape Really Make A Better Tent? Can A Cube-Like Shape Really Make A Better Tent?

Earlier this year we told you about a new generation of tents that are ditching the traditional domes and triangles for an all-new shape: cubes. And man, you guys found some flaws in that idea. Will the roof pool rain or the sides collapse in high wind? We took one backpacking in Yosemite to find out.

​Why Hammocks Suck

I'm writing this with a sore back and exhausted from not getting enough sleep over the weekend. Hammocks lure you in with the romantic appeal of above-the-ground, free swinging sleep, then pounce on you with a poorly insulated, biomechanically painful design.

23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better handled by supplies you already own.

23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear 23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better handled by supplies you already own.

Why Your Next Tent Might Be A Cube Why Your Next Tent Might Be A Cube

The next generation of ultralight backpacking tents is adopting vertical walls and square shapes to maximize living space while shedding weight. Here's how they work and what these new tents mean for your next camping trip.

What's Better For Hiking? Boots vs Trail Runners vs Approach Shoes What's Better For Hiking? Boots vs Trail Runners vs Approach Shoes

You want to wear hiking boots to go hiking, right? That may be conventional outdoors wisdom, but often, it's not the right answer. Let's examine the merits of each and try to help you find the right solution.

What It's Like To Live In The World's Lightest Freestanding Tent What It's Like To Live In The World's Lightest Freestanding Tent

Do you get wet when it rains? Can you feel the weight saving on your back? Are the tiny interior proportions worth a few fewer ounces? And, most importantly, can it contain an 85lbs, half-wild dog? We spent a week living in the 1 lbs, 9 oz Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum so you don't have to.

​The Best Sleeping Pad For Every Camper ​The Best Sleeping Pad For Every Camper

Believe it or not, outdoor sleeping pads can now be more comfortable than your bed at home. And all that comfort can come in a package smaller than your water bottle. Thanks to new materials and bonding technology, your old Boy Scout sleeping roll is totally obsolete. So what should you buy instead?

Outdoor Sleeping Pad Comparison Data Outdoor Sleeping Pad Comparison Data

Here's the hard data and size comparison pictures to accompany the outdoor sleeping pad comparison. Hopefully this gives you a substantial ability to compare the pads and draw your own conclusions.

​Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Outdoor Sleeping Pads ​Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Outdoor Sleeping Pads

As important for keeping you warm at night as a sleeping bag and the difference between a good night's sleep and no sleep at all, sleeping pads are one of the most important things you can take with you outdoors. And, the latest generation is better than ever. Here's everything we learned about them while conducting…

Adventure: Backpack Hunting In The High Sierra Adventure: Backpack Hunting In The High Sierra

With an average annual hunter success rate of 7%, the D7 hunting zone of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California is one of the toughest regions to hunt deer in the state. We set out on a 4 day backpacking trip with our rifles to track down these elusive grey ghosts.

How Trekking Poles Can Make Your Hike Easier, Faster And Safer How Trekking Poles Can Make Your Hike Easier, Faster And Safer

You've seen people using them — walking with "ski poles" through the mountains — but what are they for? Trekking poles add stability, support and even speed. Here's how.

​How To Find The Perfect Hiking Boot ​How To Find The Perfect Hiking Boot

The most important item in your outdoor wardrobe, hiking boots grant you the ability to traverse challenging terrain, work to keep your entire body comfortable and supported while carrying heavy loads and help regulate temperature and dryness. They're also a difficult purchase to get right, particularly if you're…

When Ultralight Isn't Right: How To Slow Down And Enjoy Backpacking When Ultralight Isn't Right: How To Slow Down And Enjoy Backpacking

Shorter toothbrushes, lighter weights and longer distances. Ultralight backpacking and its subsequent bragging rights are all the rage right now, but are its goals-based proponents missing the entire point?

Can A Tarp Outperform A Tent In Extreme Weather?

Without a floor or even its own support poles, can a tarp do as well as a tent in high winds, heavy snow and pouring rain? We think one can actually do better, at least if its this Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 we’re currently living out of it in Iceland.

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