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


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.

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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 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.

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

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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.


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.


Use coupon “HOLIDAYS17” for 25% off prints through December 31st.


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