Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest

Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest
Carrying a bear canister is something that backpackers have to do in many US National Parks and most areas of the California Sierra. The heavy hard sided canisters tend to dominate the list of approved bear resistant canisters because they have a longer history demonstrating their effectiveness. The problem is that they’re bulky and cumbersome, ...

International Travel: Backpacking Gear and U.S. Customs

International Travel: Backpacking Gear and U.S. Customs
If you are planning to travel to the United States to go backpacking, you might be wondering what items you can bring with you. We’ll cover what backpacking gear is permitted in your carry-on and checked luggage so you can quickly get through U.S. customs without a problem. Backpacking Food & U.S. Customs Generally, the ...

10 Steps to Restful Sleep in the Backcountry

10 Steps to Restful Sleep in the Backcountry
Getting good sleep in the backcountry can be a challenge and┬ábad sleep does not make hiking enjoyable the next day. Here we offer a few tips to help you get better zzz’s. Find a Comfortable Camp Site.┬áTake your time scouting a flat, rock-free spot and clear away any sticks and pine cones before pitching your ...

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking 1

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking
Backpacking involves a long and steady aerobic workout with fitness benefits that rival other more intense, higher impact activities. Although backpacking is a non-competitive recreational activity with a low chance of burn-out, the constant climbing and descending can lead to cramping and injury. Besides overuse of the muscles, leg cramping is exacerbated by inadequate eccentric ...

Go Hiking with your Dog! 3

Go Hiking with your Dog!
If you travel & hike with your dog in the U.S., you know how frustrating it can be to find a dog friendly destination. Many of the national parks do not allow dogs on trails and state parks vary by state. Some states allow dog on state managed lands while other states, such as California, ...

Moon Navigation 1

Moon Navigation
How can you find your way if you are lost at night and do not have a compass or GPS? It’s common to navigate in the wilderness by using the sun or the stars, however if it is a cloudy night and you can’t clearly see the constellations, using the moon is also a good ...