11 Apr, 2016

How to Choose a Tent + the Best Tents for Backpacking

A good tent should be lightweight, durable, weather-proof, and a cinch to set up. In this post, learn the most important factors to consider when shopping for a new tent and get recommendations for some of the best 2-person tents for backpacking.

16 Nov, 2015

SPOT Gen3 Review: A Backcountry Communication & Tracking Device

At the urging of my folks, I recently picked up a SPOT Gen3, a communication and GPS tracking device that can be used to check in or to call for help in the case of an emergency when you are out of cell phone range. In this detailed review, I show you exactly how to use the SPOT & explain why it's smart to carry this type of communication device on all of your backcountry adventures.

30 Sep, 2015

Tips for Backpacking the Trans-Catalina Trail

Just because the weather is starting to turn in the mountains doesn't mean you have to put all of your camping gear away. If you feel like chasing summer, the Trans-Catalina Island Trail is 40 miles of sun, beach, and gorgeous ocean views and offers year-round beach-front camping.

8 Sep, 2015

Outdoor Ethics: 7 Basic Guidelines of Leave No Trace

Not sure where to pitch your tent, how to do dishes, or where to go the dreaded #2? Brush up on your outdoor ethics and learn best practices for your outdoor adventures with these basic Leave No Trace guidelines.

17 Aug, 2015

Hiking Mount Timpanogos: A Timpooneke Trail Guide

Mount Timpanogos is the second tallest peak in the Salt Lake region and a favorite among locals. Learn everything you need to know about hiking it with this Timpooneke Trail Guide.

10 Aug, 2015

#CRANKITUPANOTCH & Win a Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 50 Pack

It's time to crank it up a notch! Submit a photo of you pushing your limits for a chance to win a Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 50 backpack.

6 Aug, 2015

Backcountry Bartender: Delicious & Easy Backpacking Cocktail Recipes

Sometimes you want a little nightcap on the trail. Here's my three favorite super easy and lightweight backpacking cocktail recipes that can help spice up your next night under the stars.

24 Jul, 2015

The Best Lightweight Backpacking Gear to Help Lighten your Load

Looking to shed some weight? Here are some of my favorite pieces of lightweight backpacking gear that will help lighten your load and keep you back happy.

21 Jul, 2015

Backpacking to Salt Lake City’s Red Pine Lake

A detailed hiking and backpacking guide to Red Pine Lake - one of the most beautiful spots in the Wasatch just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake.

29 Jun, 2015

The 10 Best Campsites on the John Muir Trail

A thru-hike on the John Muir Trail means 20+ nights of epic camping. Here are the 10 best campsites on the John Muir Trail that you won't want to miss.

18 Jun, 2015

West Rim Trail Backpacking Guide: Zion National Park

Plan your 14 mile West Rim Trail backpacking trip in Zion National Park with this detailed guide that includes info on permits, campsites, gear, and more.

8 Jun, 2015

Trip Report & Photos: Backpacking the West Rim Trail in Zion

Most people who visit Zion National Park never leave the main canyon, and it's easy to see why. With spots