Winter backpacking requires more gear and more skills than backpacking in warmer seasons, so this will be a two-part post.
Given the risk level of this kind of endeavor, the gear list assumes two people will be travelling together on skis or snowshoes primarily below treeline. Winter conditions and geographical terrain vary from region to region, as do people’s tolerance for bad weather. Whatever the specifics, genuinely winter appropriate gear and skills are essential for camping under these conditions. Here are some general points to consider: Continue reading What to pack for winter backpacking – Part 1
Here are some practical tips for how to stay comfortable and sane if you’re stranded in an airport. If at all possible, travel only with ‘carry on’ baggage. This doesn’t mean doing without creature comforts – there are plenty of travel blogs from people who regularly travel for long periods who carry everything they need … Continue reading Surviving flight delays and cancellations
Here at Sea to Summit, we believe that gear should be reliable, functional and made to last. We use the best available materials and thoughtfully put them together so that they will serve you for years and years of adventure. However, even the best-made gear will fall apart if it isn’t properly taken care of. Today, I want … Continue reading Caring for your gear
What makes them work, and what’s the difference between the three types? The first thing you’ll notice about any of the Sea to Summit towels is how soft they are. All three Sea to Summit towels are made of a super soft microfiber (70% polyester, 30% nylon for you technical types). The second aspect of … Continue reading Sea to Summit Towels
Here’s a revision to a post from a couple of years back, revised to include some recent innovations. It builds on the post listing gear to take on a week-long backpacking trip but concentrates on ratcheting down from lightweight to what is often called ‘ultralight’. As before, regional differences in weather and terrain will affect … Continue reading What to pack for an ultra lightweight backpacking trip
(This article and gear list assumes two people hiking in moderate, non-technical terrain in late Summer/early Fall. It has been revised to include some innovations including sleeping mats and X-Pots)) It is, of course, impossible to come up with gear suggestions that work for everyone: climatic conditions and geographical terrain vary from region to region, … Continue reading What to pack for a week-long backpacking trip
If you’ve never been to a trade show, it’s hard to imagine the maelstrom of activity, sights and sounds which constitute the four days of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City. Huge booths, thousands of people, the noise of promotional parties – it’s all pretty overwhelming. And – I’m happy to report … Continue reading John Keats, Thomas Hardy and… outdoor gear