Top 4 Useful Knots 2

Top 4 Useful Knots
Here are 4 knots you need to know – especially if you participate in outdoor activities such as backpacking, boating, climbing, and caving. Knot tying is a useful skill for various applications, from securing gear to saving a life. These four are particularly useful and easy to learn!   1. Bowline Knot The bowline received ...

Feeling Grimy? Grab Dr. Bronners Soap 1

Feeling Grimy? Grab Dr. Bronners Soap
Grubby fingers? Foul breath? Food bits stuck in your teeth? Soiled Dishes? Backpacking without soap can leave you feeling uncomfortable and grimy.  Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 organic hemp castile soap solves all these problems.  We love this stuff – it is naturally scented, completely organic, biodegradable, highly concentrated, and serves a multitude of uses. Use Sparingly ...

Flash & Bang in the Outdoors

Flash & Bang in the Outdoors
Lightning is a spectacular weather phenomenon, and I have been reminded of its awesome power during the afternoon storms here in North Carolina. Last week we were starting out a hike at the 6,000 feet altitude in the Mount Mitchell mountain range when a storm quickly formed. Luckily, we were able to quickly walk down to ...

Backpacking with Olive Oil

Backpacking with Olive Oil
Olive Oil is an excellent choice to take when backpacking. Not only is it healthy and contain a high calorie per ounce weight ratio, but it also has a multitude of non-cooking purposes. In cooking, it can be used in place of butter to provide additional flavor and calorie in foods such as soups, pasta, rice, and ...

Cook in Bag? No! 1

Cook in Bag? No!
Cook in Bag – Backwoods Fast Food We found it to be a little disheartening that so many hikers wanted to know if we offered “boil in bag” packaging at the annual Trail Days event in Damascus, VA. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, this involves the use of a heavy releasable stand-up ...