Posts Tagged ‘backpacking’

4 Backpacking Super Foods

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Backpacking FoodEven on a relatively level trail, backpacking can be an exhausting adventure. It’s important to bring plenty of food to recharge your batteries while hiking. On an extended trip, a backpacker can burn 4,000-9,000 calories a day, which means your body will need a lot of fuel.

The best backpacking foods are compact, easy to prepare, dense in calories and can be eaten with a camping knife or multi-tool. Luckily, there are a number of lightweight, compact food items that still pack a caloric punch. The following are the top four trail foods that offer a high amount of calories per weight. Yum!


The Adventure of “Unimproved” Campsites

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Often an exciting added element to camping can be using an unimproved campsite. Many campgrounds offer amenities like fire pits, tent pads, electric and water, even bathrooms, but an unimproved campsite offers little-to-nothing. For beginners looking to expand their camping experience, learning to “rough it” in a basic campsite can be quite the adventure.

I actually read a helpful article that introduced me to the idea of unimproved campsite camping. It provides a brief overview of what it is and what beginners will need. I’ve added some of my own recommendations below.


Multi-Purpose Backpacking Gear

Monday, April 20th, 2009

“Multi-purpose backpacking gear is just what the word implies: gear that can be used for more than one thing,” opens V. Wayne Hughes in his recent article on multi-purpose camping gear. His premise is that some camping and hiking gear can be used in ways they were not intended to function. He makes the initial point that a backpacker is often willing to carry a slightly heavier item if it is multi-functional. He uses the pocket knife or multi-tool as an example.

Here’s what you can expect to learn from Hughes: (more…)

Backpacking: Essentials

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Own a backpack? Well, a recently published article on essential backpacking gear has some helpful hints for packing it. The author, Maggie Hobbs, emphasizes packing gear that’s light, compact, multi-functional, and quickly dried.

First, Hobbs covers clothing, noting that this is something most people tend to over-pack. “Sure, a backpacker may be gone for months at a time, but there is probably no way that an entire wardrobe will fit into a backpack — and leave room for everything else,” she writes.