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 ...

Planning Your Backpacking Meals 1

Planning Your Backpacking Meals
Planning a backpacking trip and not sure what to eat? Find the best backpacking food to sustain you with these tips. Purchase Freeze-dried Meals from an Outdoor Retailer Look for brands that are intended for backpacking instead of the survival market. The purpose of survival food is to keep you alive in an emergency, not ...

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 bad 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. Take your time scouting a flat, rock-free spot and clear away any sticks and pine cones before pitching your ...

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy 2

5 Sites that make Finding Trails Easy
Looking for a new place to hike, run, or cycle? Whether you have recently moved to a new area, are traveling, or are looking for something different, you can easily find sites and apps to direct you to nearby trails. We’ve narrowed the list to include the most comprehensive sites for finding new trails. Many of ...

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, ...