Category Archives: Backpacking

A review of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail


I must be honest: I am not an avid book reader. Even before and after taking my first steps on the Appalachian Trail 2014, it took three years for me to read A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. But, I dearly love the Appalachian Trail and hearing everyone’s story. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I became aware of yet another story in book form. I know that there are plenty but forgive me for not being an avid book reader. The publisher sent me a copy of A Walk for Sunshine: […]

Backpacking with your dog


Backpacking or hiking with your dog A day hike or a weekend hike is nothing like backpacking with your dog for a couple of weeks or more. My dog is a labradoodle, half poodle and half lab. He enjoys nothing more than going off on the trails, but I did not take him on his first two week hike without experience. At the time, we lived near the mountains and either hiked or ran nearly every day. The first two weeks were harder for us than him. His energy seemed to never expend. However, you should take many things into factor […]

Properly sizing and fitting backpacks


Sizing and fitting backpacks Consumers often buy goods based on two things: brand and price. However, the backpack for your section hike or thru-hike should be based upon properly sizing and fitting your backpack. Backpacks typically come in small, medium, and large. The size is not related as much to height or build as it is to the length of your torso. The length of your torso is important in properly sizing and fitting backpacks because the hip pads need to hug the top of the hip bones aka the iliac crest, while the shoulder straps should wrap closely around […]

How to properly layer for your winter backpacking trip


Winter layering basics Shelter is not always available in the winter, and while some of us really love the wintertime, no one really likes to be miserably cold. Whether you are backpacking, camping, day hiking, skiing, working, or doing anything else in the cold, wearing the proper layers is key to relieving some of the most harsh temperatures that winter can throw at us. This guide will give you a brief idea of how to take on that winter cold. Layer your clothes as follows: ▪️Base layer: This layer touches your skin and is otherwise known as underwear. This could be […]

Drinking clean in the winter backpacking season


While backpacking on the Appalachian Trail or any trail for that matter, water can be an issue all year round. It does not have to be during the dry heat of summer that water comes in sparing supply. However, winter adds its own problem. When the temperature drops below freezing, it should be obvious that water freezes. However, some will see running streams and ground temperatures above freezing but forget that the water in your filter, bottles, and hydration bladders can still freeze. For example, take the MSR SweetWater Microfilter. It is a great water filter that withstands cold temperatures, […]

Is life smothering you? Come up, get some fresh air in nature


Do you ever feel as if you are smothering? Are you suffering from anxiety or depression? You’re not alone. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America says that anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults in the United States. The World Health Organization says that some 350 million people worldwide have depression. You are not alone. What can you do? First, if you are overwhelmed by feelings of depression and want to bring harm to yourself or someone else, you should seek professional help. There are people available 24/7 to support you confidentially and free. Everyone hurts. Everyone gets down […]

UNBOUNDED: Patagonia Documentary — conservation and exploration


Join filmmaker, Garrett Martin and fellow trekkers — Aljoscha, Robert, and Robyn — on their journey across over 1500 km (932+ miles) of the Patagonian Region of South America. The adventure-based film, UNBOUNDED: Patagonia Documentary, will focus on the need for conservation of the largely un-preserved area. The four will leave this December and travel through mid-April of 2017 documenting the cultures, extreme and unique conditions, and scenery as well as the conservation efforts taking place in Patagonia. The trip will largely follow the Greater Patagonian Trail and end at the Patagonia National Park. Issues that are particularly concerning in Patagonia right […]

Some basic backpacking tips for a short trip or thru-hike


One of the many questions that I get asked on Twitter is, “Do you have any tips for hiking the Appalachian Trail?” To answer this question, I give you a disclaimer: Not all backpacking or hiking styles are the same. What works for some will not necessarily work for others or be preferred by others. Find your style but do avoid serious pitfalls. #at #AppalachianTrail #hiking #hikingadventures #backpacking #mountains #mountain #nature #natureza #naturelovers #natureaddict #outdoors #nature_perfection #naturecrank #naturehippys A photo posted by Michael (@naturecrank) on Apr 30, 2016 at 8:08am PDT Backpacking tips 1. Research Do your research. This is […]

Appalachian Trail gear list


Another one of the questions that I often get messages about is what gear do you use? Here’s my list. You can get much of this stuff on Amazon or you may have to visit company’s like Gander Mountain. When it comes to getting a backpack, I recommend getting fitted for the bag. A medium in one brand may not fit the same on you as a medium in another. I have much of this saved in an Amazon wish list for you to easily add stuff to your cart. Remember, your support supports this website along with Photographer’s Tips. After […]