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Welcome! My goal is to help you feel more confident in the backcountry through informative articles and tutorials. Check out my Hiking Gear Guides, Backpacking Skills Articles and Trip Reports & Gear Lists from recent adventures.

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Kings Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR) – 2019 Trip Report

Kings Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR) – 2019 Trip Report

The Kings Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR) was developed by Andrew Skurka around 2015. It is 124 miles long with two-thirds of the route being off-trail travel. Elevation loss and gain averages 725 feet per mile, compared to 310 for the Pacific Crest Trail.

6 of the Best Backpacking Jackets in 2020 (Stay Dry on the Trail)

6 of the Best Backpacking Jackets in 2020 (Stay Dry on the Trail)

In this post, I’m sharing 6 of the best backpacking rain jackets in 2020. I’ll discuss all the important features you should be looking for in a good rain jacket. Getting soaked on a backpacking trip is not only miserable but can be downright dangerous.

The Best Cameras For Hiking in 2020

The Best Cameras For Hiking in 2020

Figuring out the best cameras for hiking can be a confusing process and often comes down to personal choice. Having the right equipment and skills will enable you to take photos that stand the test of time and help you remember your trips. You don’t need to go out and spend thousands..

The Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents and Shelters

The Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents and Shelters

In this article, I’m going in-depth on ultralight backpacking tents and shelters and giving you some of my top recommendations. A good ultralight tent or shelter is one of the most important pieces of gear we carry and deserves a lot of consideration.

Ultralight Backpacking Cooking Gear – Everything You Need to Know

Ultralight Backpacking Cooking Gear – Everything You Need to Know

A hot meal at the end of a long hiking day makes carrying the weight of cook gear well worth it. In this article, I’m covering all the components of ultralight backpacking cooking gear and giving you some of my top recommendations. Whether you’re attempting a..

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.

Ultralight Backpacking Knife  – How to Choose One and What I Carry

Ultralight Backpacking Knife – How to Choose One and What I Carry

I like knives, I own a lot. I use many different types and sizes on a regular basis. For an ultralight backpacking knife, I have specific requirements that need to be met before I consider adding the weight to my pack. When I’m going on an ultralight backpacking

Blackrock Gear Down Hat Review

Blackrock Gear Down Hat Review

The Blackrock Gear Original is an ultralight goose down option when you need serious warmth for your noggin.  Blackrock Gear provided me with the down hat for testing on my thru-hike of the Continental Divide Trail in 2017. After using it every day on the hike

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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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