Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.
—Bears

Updated gear list now available. You can access it on google docs and take it with you!

Backpacking gear selection is very personal and always a work-in-progress. I own a variety of packs, bags, tents, mats and clothing and have been known to switch mid-hike when one bit of kit didn’t quite work out as planned. That being said, I include my pack list to help you with your own sorting out of gear. Keep in touch and let me know how it goes or if you have any questions.


Backcountry Foodie provides recipes that are nutritious, light-weight, easy to make and cheap.
Designed for all the places you 'go,' the Kula Cloth is an essential piece of gear for female hikers.
Look closely and you can see the pee rag (tie-dye peace sign bandana) hanging from the back of my pack.
A pee rag enables a female hiker to get the job done and focus on being her badass self.
There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of
Blistex Lip Vibrance has been my go to lip protection since I discovered it seven years ago walking the John
Here’s something I get asked a lot – How the heck do you wash your down quilt or sleeping bag?
Quick, what is the most important activity on a thru-hike?If you answered, “Hike,” give that reader a Kewpie doll. But,
If you’re going to be outdoors for any significant amount of time, you are going to eventually get wet and
You might recall that it was one year ago, while hiking the Coast-to-Coast and aliloop-of-the-lakes in England, that I became
It’s not that I have anything against baseball caps. I often wear them hiking, biking, kayaking, running, skiing, climbing –
When I purchased the iPhone that would become my camera, typewriter, microphone, editing studio and means of communication with the
Gusts were at “extreme gale” in exposed areas and squally showers blew sideways the day I crossed Nelson Lakes National
Anita Hike! – thanks to kristenwaggles for her avatar name suggestion and to those of you who played along. You
The Blissful Hiker packs her ultralight gear for New Zealand.
The Blissful Hiker Alison Young packs ultralight gear to ready to go to New Zealand.
The Hammock Gear quilt looks like a prop from
A quilt opens beneath you and puts the down feathers on top. where you need them.
I had 25 ounces at a rolling boil in about four minutes.
I had 25 ounces at a rolling boil on my 3 ounce stove in about 4 minutes.
Olive Oyl, my Granite Gear pack that carried my home, my life, everything I needed on the Te Araroa.
The Blissful Hiker's packed weight for 5 months on the Te Araroa is under 15 pounds.
The
In Silent-Film-style, the Blissful Hiker sets the "alicoop" and finally crawls in for a little shut eye.