My Ultralight Backpacking Food List for the John Muir Trail

Ultralight Backpacking Meal Plan for the John Muir Trail

There are two things I can’t stand, within the context of this article, when I’m on a backpacking trip:  being hungry and returning home with food left over. A good backpacking meal plan can solve both.

The first one probably sounds pretty straightforward. Being hungry sucks. Everyone knows and u…

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How Much Water Should I Carry Hiking or Backpacking? Staying Hydrated on the Trail.

How much water do you need for hiking?

If you’ve ever run out of water on a hike, you’re not alone, and you know how scary it can be to face miles or hours without a sip.

In December 2014, I set out to hike the California Riding & Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree from Blackrock Canyon to Juniper Flats and back. The 36 mile out and back …

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My Cold Weather Clothing System Tested on Cuyamaca and Stonewall Peaks in the Snow

Liebster Award Nomination

Over the last couple of years I have been working on putting together an effective cold weather clothing system. It’s a work in progress that continues to evolve as I gain more experience.

The honest truth is that I’m a native of San Diego, and I spent my winters as a kid surfing rather tha…

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Leave No Trace Principles for Hiking and Camping Explained

Use Map & Compass Instead of Cairns - photo by Craig Stanfill

Whether you’re new to hiking and camping or just starting out, chances are you’re familiar with the term, “Leave no trace.”

So what exactly does it mean to leave no trace?

The answer to that question seems straightforward, and for the most part it is, but there are a few details you may not have consider…

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