Applying Permetherin to My Hiking Clothes

Here in Pennsylvania, as well as many other Appalachian states, ticks are a major concern for the outdoorsman.  Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids that attach themselves to a host and then gorge themselves on the host’s blood.  They are especially troublesome because they can spread a number of diseases.  Lyme Disease is probably the most […]

What To Do When You’re Lost In The Woods

It’s happened to me on more than just a few occasions.  I’ve been hiking along a well-marked trail just enjoying my time in the woods when I suddenly notice that I haven’t seen a blaze in awhile.  Dang.  I’m not on the trail.  At some point I’ve wandered off and now I’m lost.  LOST! It’s pretty […]

Finding Time To Unplug From All Things Needing A Plug

 By Rob (Backpacking Adventures) (guest blogger) Find time to go backpacking? Time? You think I can find time? I am a husband, and the father of two daughters ages thirteen and seventeen. My career requires about thirty weeks a year on the road. Then, there are my other hobbies of golf and playing music. There is no […]

Hiking Solo But Afraid of the Dark

I will admit it.  As much as I enjoy backpacking solo there have been a few times when I found myself wishing I wasn’t alone as the sun went down. You may know what I’m talking about: when the long, friendly shadows cast by a glowing sun suddenly morph into sinister-looking shapes that scurry behind trees or stop moving […]

The Allure of Backpacking

Years ago I was telling a lady that I was going to spend a week’s vacation backpacking.  She was intrigued as we talked about my plans.  Then, it suddenly dawned on her that I was going to spend a week in the woods without taking a shower.  She stopped me at that point.  She explained that her idea […]

Hiking Solo

My hiking career didn’t begin as a solo venture, and I’m very glad that it didn’t.  I didn’t have the skills, know-how, or courage to go alone.  Instead, I tagged along with a couple of guys who had a little more knowledge than I did.  Yet, it wasn’t their woodcraft that kept me in their company.  Rather, I […]

Burn Test of Element Wood Stove and Pine Fire Sandy Cookie

For some time I had been interested in getting a backpacking wood stove.  There are a number of different styles available on the marketplace and so I took my time deciding. I wanted something small, efficient, and reliable.  Eventually, I decided on the Element by Tato Gear.  I choose the titanium model, which weighs in […]