Backpacking and Hiking Guide

Great Western Trail, Utah -- Photo (c)David Rose

I think you'll agree there's nothing that quite compares to the simple, pure fun of backpacking. In fact, the simplicity of it is actually why it is so rewarding.

But the wilderness has a way of magnifying even the little overlooked details, the little mistakes in gear or planning. Your safety and enjoyment of your hiking trip depend on your preparedness. Choosing and bringing the right gear and clothing. Physical preparedness. Packing properly and efficiently. And so on.

This site will provide tips and information you need to pick the right gear and plan your trips ... so you can spend more time in the wilderness where you'd rather be!

A little about me ...
I've been hiking and backpacking for over a decade. I love long-distance backpacking -- I've hiked the length of Utah on the Great Western Trail (two months the first time, a month the second time). I've hiked 600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada Range on a two month trip. Another memorable and beautiful outing was a month-long backpacking trip in Washington's Cascades. I'm also the author of Utah Thirteeners, a guide to hiking Utah's 21 highest summits, and have climbed all 29 of Utah's county peaks.

My intent with this site is simply to provide some of the trail-tested bits of backpacking advice and tips that I've learned over the years, along with any other good, useful information I can find on the subject of backpacking.

David Rose
Park City, Utah

Why You Need a Backpacking Water Filter/Purifier
Do you really need a backpacking water purifier or filter? Some kind of treatment system is a good idea for safe drinking water.
Backpacking Water Filters vs. Water Purifiers
What is the difference between a water filter and a water purifier? Why should you choose one over the other? Read to find out.
Backpacking Water Filter / Water Purifier Reviews & Comparisons
Looking for the best backpacking water filter or purifier? Read these reviews and comparisons of the Top 10 best.
How to Choose a Backpacking Sleeping Bag
Don't buy a backpacking sleeping bag without reading this first. Short article with critical things to consider.
Searching For The Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag?
The "best backpacking sleeping bag" depends on your needs, but there's no doubt a good night's sleep on the trail depends on a quality bag.
Top 10: Backpacking Sleeping Bag Reviews
Backpacking sleeping bag reviews ... a Top 10 list of the best models!
Backpacking Sleeping Pads - The Secret to a Restful Night on the Trail
A good backpacking sleeping pad is a big secret to sleeping well while hiking the trails. Heed this advice and sleep like a baby.
Top 10 List for Lightweight Backpacking Gear
Here are our Top 10 gear picks for lightweight backpacking. You can't go wrong with these ultralight gear items.
Ultralight Backpacking Gear: For the 21st Century Hiker
Lighten your pack! A list of ultralight backpacking gear that makes the most difference in your pack weight.
Bad Backcountry Water: Giardia, Crypto, Bacteria, Viruses
What nasty micro-organisms are in backcountry water? What are your risks? Some scary facts.
Backpacking Stove Reviews and Comparison - The Top 5 Best
A review and comparison of the five best backpacking stoves for any type of backpacking adventure.
Homemade Backpacking Stoves: The What, Why and How
Build your own backpacking stove and have something fun to do this Saturday.
Stoves vs. Campfires: And The Winner Is...
Why would you possibly want to buy a backpacking stove when you could make your very own campfire for free?
Hiking and Gear - Keeping It Simple
Backpacking, hiking and gear ... in a nutshell.
Hiking and Backpacking Tips
Here are some basic -- but important -- backpacking tips. Even experienced backpackers can use reminders!
Ultralight Backpacking: The New Way
Hike further, more easily with ultralight backpacking techniques and enjoy being outside even more!
Backpacking Food -- Lightweight, Tasty, High Energy
Wondering what backpacking food to use for your menus? Look no further...
Backpacking Recipes -- Tasty, Easily Prepared, Packable
These trail-tested camping / backpacking recipes are meal-time wonders!
Backpacking Checklist
This backpacking checklist will ensure you won't forget anything important.
Looking for Hiking Backpacks?
The variety of hiking backpacks is dazzling, both in features and price. To avoid purchasing the wrong pack, read these important tips.
Backpacking Tents Guide - How To Choose The Best Tent
A concise, high-value guide to backpacking tents. How to pick the right backpacking tent for you.
A Primer on Backpacking Stoves
Check this article out for information on the kinds of backpacking stoves available and what you need to know to get the best one for you.
Backpacking Magazine Recommendations
Looking for a good backpacking magazine? Here are my top picks, with reviews and descriptions of each magazine.
Ultralight Backpacking Shelters
Ultralight backpacking shelters - what are your options? It makes a big difference ... read this article for tips.

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