Video: Should You Use Trekking Poles When Hiking?

Amongst hikers and backpackers, there are two different camps—those who use trekking poles and those who don’t. I’m squarely in the “use ’em” category on anything longer than a few miles, but I know plenty of people who avoid them altogether. This video, which comes our way courtesy of REI, explores whether or not you … Read more

Video: Ben Stookesberry Answers Your Questions on Backcountry Camping

Yesterday I shared a video of mountain guide Adrian Ballinger answering questions about the 8000 meter peaks. As it turns out, that clip was part of a series of videos from Eddie Bauer called “Outdoor Curious.” So far, there has been one other video, which you’ll find above. This time out, expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry … Read more

Illegal Thru-Hikers on Appalachian Trail Call into Question Backpacking During the Pandemic

Most of 2020 has been a strange year when it comes to getting outdoors and pursuing our favorite adventures. Many countries across the globe closed parks and trails in an effort to keep people at home, where they were safe. That included here in the U.S., where even the long-distance hikes like the Appalachian Trail … Read more

Video: Fastpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Stretching for 165 miles (265 km) around Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the more iconic backpacking routes in the American west. Known for its gorgeous scenery and remote—yet accessible—backcountry, it is a popular trail for hikers, trail runners, and backpackers alike. In this short documentary, we join two fastpackers as they … Read more

The Into the Wild Bus Removed From Alaskan Backcountry

The iconic bus made famous by the Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild has been removed from the Alaskan backcountry. Over the years, the bus has become a popular destination for readers who made a pilgrimage to its remote location just as Chris McCandless did back in 1992. That alone wasn’t necessarily problematic, but getting to … Read more