Backpacking Education, Tips and Discussion

Experience is a key to knowledge, and so we will use this page to have education focused discussions about backpacking in all its forms. We will talk about new backpacking tips, how to repair gear, choosing new gear items, and so much more!

5 Tips for New Backpackers


Starting a new hobby and learning something new, like backpacking can be a daunting thing. Especially when it’s a field that isn’t as mainstream. Backpacking is one of those things that is not only subjective, but it’s also growing and changing all the time. New types of gear are being introduced, fancy fabrics and designs, and a push to save as much weight as possible in your gear. All of this can not only be overwhelming when first getting started, but it can also be a barrier to getting started if you aren’t ready for the learning curve.

Backpacking at its core is an amazing activity that simplifies the hustle and bustle of life and allows one to take minimal gear necessary for living in the backcountry. We give up a lot of comforts when we decide to load up a pack and go spend time in the backcountry. Everything from fancy kitchens to cook, big beds with memory foam mattresses, to hot showers and more. But the experience of backpacking is developing the mindset that leaving those things behind is okay and even a challenge for many people. If you’ve just discovered the addiction of backpacking and you’re looking for ways to enjoy your experience more, then sit back and read on, and enjoy these 5 tips for new backpackers. Continue Reading…

What is a Wag Bag? How To Poop In The Woods!

Ever wonder what happens to your poop after going in the backcountry? Much of the time we do our business and then move on thinking that nature will take it’s course and what we left behind will just disappear with time. To a point this is true, however in many areas where we recreate, the ability for human waste to biodegrade and become part of the earth cycle doesn’t happen the way we think it does.

Let’s take a step back to the basics. Pooping in the woods responsibly typically means following standard Leave No Trace protocol. That being, digging a cat hole 6 to 8 inches deep and burying the waste and packing out the toilet paper. In some areas this practice is not ideal as the standard of going 200′ from a water source is not a possibility. The idea also presents itself when you are in high use areas. When you have dozens even hundreds of people going into canyons and river drainages and everyone is pooping in the same places, it presents a real issue of how quickly the waste is able to degrade. Even worse the likelihood of there being some kind of flood or heavy rain that washes up the waste is a real possibility. Read More…

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