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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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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

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.

Best Socks for Thru-Hiking – Who Makes Them?

Best Socks for Thru-Hiking – Who Makes Them?

Choosing the best socks for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail or any major hike is something that deserves careful consideration. I’ve talked about my go-to hiking shoes, but never what socks I use. So, in this post, I’m going to go over what I look for…

A Different approach on the PCT – Finishing the Triple Crown

A Different approach on the PCT – Finishing the Triple Crown

Thru-hiking is an evolutionary process. I thought I knew it all when I headed out on the Appalachian Trail in 2015, but experience is the best teacher and I learned a lot. On the Continental Divide Trail in 2017 I faced a very different set of challenges but managed to “embrace the brutality” and learned even more.

Bedrock Sandals Review – Classics vs Cairn Pro’s

Bedrock Sandals Review – Classics vs Cairn Pro’s

In this review, I’m going to be comparing two models of Bedrock Sandals, The Classics, and The Cairn Pros. I’m a big proponent of the “barefoot movement” and try to spend as much time as possible without anything on my feet. This often isn’t practical so…

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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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