Backpacking Gear


Essential Tropical Backpacking Tips

Imagine waking up backpacking in a tropical paradise surrounded by fresh coconut, the waves of the ocean crashing in the distance, and a climate warm enough that you get to leave the puffy jacket behind. I had never considered tropical…

Common Backpacking Gear


Pros and Cons of Common Backpacking Gear

Pros and cons of common gear dichotomies like tents vs. tarps, air mattress vs. closed cell foam, cooking stoves vs. cold soaking, and suspension framed packs vs. going frameless.

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How to Take Someone On Their First Backpacking Trip

So you are taking your friend on their first backpacking trip. This is exciting! There’s nothing like introducing a friend to a new hobby and seeing their satisfaction when they successfully push themselves out of their comfort zone. These tips will help you pull off a successful trip for your friend.

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In The Land of Ice and Fire

A place where trolls exist, where the land is magical and the people are hard as  F*$%… how could I say no? In this edition of Therm-a-Rest Explore, photographer Robin O’Neil regales us with her tales of skiing and overlanding…