Category Archives: Camping

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 […]

Cats like to camp as well (a short guide)


We often take our dogs camping but most do not think about the cat. My cat is no different from my dog. Neither of them like me to leave them. The cat and dog alike get that I can’t believe you’re leaving me again look. Can you take your cat camping? Sure, cats [some] like to camp as well. No one knows your pet better than you do. Remember just like with hiking, one way is not always the best way for everyone. Know your cat. Some cats get really stressed by new things; however, this does not mean that you cannot […]

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 […]

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 […]