Resources for Hikers & Backpackers

These are the things that I use to make sure I don’t get lost on the trail, have a comfortable night’s sleep, and make it home safely, hopefully without ticks. Some of them are also affiliate links, in the interest of disclosure, which means that if you make a purchase through these links you get your swag and a little bit of it comes back to me to keep this site going.

How I Got to a 15-Pound Base Weight Pack and the Gear I Use

Planning for the John Muir Trail

Backpacking through 210 miles of America’s most beautiful scenery

Planning for the Lost Coast Trail

Get lost in California’s most remote coastline

Outfitters

Where I get the best gear.

sunnysports logo

SunnySports offers almost every outdoor product you’d want at near 20% off list price of other outlets.  Free shipping on orders over $50.

 

rei logo

REI has an amazing co-op program offering a 10% dividend on purchases for all members, and always has some kind of great deal going on.

moosejaw

Moosejaw is a fun outfitter that carries all the major brands, has free shipping on orders over $49, and has great clearance deals of 50%+ off.

sierra trading post logo

Sierra Trading Post has many products not found at other outfitters, and a price comparison program that often delivers much lower than MSRP.

wise logo

Wise Company specializes in emergency preparedness food but also has a great selection of packaged camping food, including gluten-free options.

 

gossamer gear

Gossamer Gear is my new favorite source for all things ultralight.  Read my review of their Mariposa backpack.


Backpacking & Hiking Books

Covering the basics, such as how to pack and how to plan for food.

Ultralight Backpackin' TipsUltralight Backpackin’ Tips is hilarious, educational, and highly reviewed. Though I don’t think I’m quite at the point where I’m going to start wiping my ass with rocks (edit: yes, I made it to that point).

Lip Smackin' Backpackin'The authors of Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’ were tired of bland, dehydrated backpacking meals so they compiled this excellent list of high-caloric-density, lightweight, easy, and tasty meals.

Websites

Do you have any other questions about backpacking?  These guys probably have the answers:

Backpacking Light Great Outdoor Recreation Pages


Just Good Reads

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson. #1 Best Seller.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed. You’ve probably seen the movie by now.

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