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Backpacking Skills

It's not all about gear. Developing your backpacking skills will make you more confident and help you have more fun in the backcountry
Lightweight Backpacking Gear on a Budget

Lightweight Backpacking Gear on a Budget

Picking up lightweight backpacking gear on a budget can be tough. If you’re outfitting yourself with lighter gear you’ll soon realize costs add up. In this post, I’m going to give you a bunch of tips to lighten your load without breaking the bank.

How to Stop Blisters from Forming

How to Stop Blisters from Forming

In this post I’m going to show you how to stop blisters from forming and teach you the best way to deal with them if it’s already too late.  Getting blisters when backpacking and hiking is a pretty miserable experience. It hurts, it slows you down and..

10 Uses for a Sit Pad on a Backpacking Trip

10 Uses for a Sit Pad on a Backpacking Trip

Using a sit pad for hiking is a fairly common practice. I decided to come up with 10 Uses for a sit pad on a backpacking trip to show you how useful they can be. I’ll also talk about what sit pad I use out on the trail.

How to Reduce the Weight of your Backpack

How to Reduce the Weight of your Backpack

Learning how to reduce the weight of your backpack is a key skill for the outdoors. As I start getting my gear squared away for the CDT I was re-reading some of my favorite books and watching some Youtube videos to inspire me to keep my pack weight down.

Eating Healthier on a Thru Hike

Eating Healthier on a Thru Hike

Eating Healthier on a Thru-Hike is not an easy thing to do. Hike, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. That’s really all it comes down to when Thru-Hiking. Hike as far as you want to, eat and get enough rest to enable you to keep hiking day after day. In My first post…

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking and Camping

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking and Camping

I created this video to share how to pack a backpack for hiking when you out in the woods. It’s a collaboration between a bunch of cool backpackers on Youtube, check out my video and all the others in the playlist.

How to Prepare for the Continental Divide Trail

How to Prepare for the Continental Divide Trail

This is an excerpt from my first post for www.thetrek.co on how to prepare for the Continental Divide Trail. Myself, Click and Cheesebeard are setting off on a southbound hike on the Continental Divide Trail in June 2017 and although the hike is a…

Adjusting to Life at Home After the Appalachian Trail

Adjusting to Life at Home After the Appalachian Trail

At first being home was pretty strange, however, I’ll be honest and say that making the transition from trail life back to so-called “normal” hasn’t been as difficult as I expected it to be. I’m going to discuss the things I’ve found difficult about adjusting..

Appalachian Trail Food List – What I Ate On My Thru Hike

Appalachian Trail Food List – What I Ate On My Thru Hike

Having received a few questions I want to share my Appalachian Trail food list. Food on a thru-hike is an important part of the puzzle. First of all let me just say that in no way is the food I will be eating on the trail healthy, it’s not, far from it.

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I’m Paul “Pie” Ingram a British dude living in Finland who hikes all over the world. I love helping people to get out and hike by writing articles on backpacking skills and ultralight gear.. Read More

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