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Author: Mariah

I have grown up an explorer, a tree-climber, a questioner and an observer of wild things. I have happily translated these passions into a solid lifestyle of outdoor adventuring and a career as a field biologist. I have worked with bears, deer, elk, toads, bison, sage grouse, and bighorn sheep to name a few. I do what I love and I love what I do. When I'm not out in the field I can often be found writing about the outdoors, playing the guitar, exploring a new country, reading a good book, or planning my next backcountry trip.
Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

If you’re a regular hiker or backpacker and you’re still using a disposable plastic water bottle, It’s time to get serious. It’s time to quit buying water from Wal-Mart. So listen up, and get ready to hear about the best-insulated water bottles on the market. Why would I want an insulated water bottle? If you’ve found this article, chances are you already know the answer to this question. So go ahead and skip this section if you’d like. But if…

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How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip – The Abc’s of Healthy, Happy Packing

How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip – The Abc’s of Healthy, Happy Packing

In a previous post, I gave you a 3 day backpacking checklist. So you already know what to pack. But knowing how to pack for a backpacking trip is just as important. Believe it or not exactly how you stuff things into your pack can make or break your backpacking trips. The way you pack can impact your health, happiness, and safety. So it’s important to know how to do it correctly. Yes, there are right and wrong ways to…

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3 Day Backpacking Checklist – Don’t Forget the Important Stuff

3 Day Backpacking Checklist – Don’t Forget the Important Stuff

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult. It’s always a struggle to try to remember everything that you need and if you’re like me, you’re usually left with the worry that you might have forgotten something. I’ve even made it out to the trailhead and discovered that I’m missing something important, like my sunglasses. I have sensitive eyes so sunglasses are very important to me! But not to worry! I wrote up this quick 3 day backpacking checklist so…

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Why Are Flash Floods so Dangerous?

Why Are Flash Floods so Dangerous?

The Southwest of the United States experiences a unique season called the monsoon season. Monsoons are usually associated with the tropics as cool ocean air rises when it hits the warmer currents over land. This forms clouds that can drop heavy rains for a long time. The US states of Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Utah and Colorado get the periphery of the Mexico monsoons. And when heavy rains fall suddenly on dry desert ground flash flooding often occurs….

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The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

In a companion post to this one, we took a look at the most frequently recommended sleeping bags by real, everyday backpackers. Now let’s take a look at the best sleeping bags for backpacking that have been tried, tested and recommended by experts. Jump to the comparison table Before we jump into it, I want to make it clear that these are not your only options for sleeping bags. Backpacking can be done with much cheaper, albeit heavier and bulkier sleeping…

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A Beginners Guide to Backpacking: Money Saving Hacks for the Broke Adventurer

A Beginners Guide to Backpacking: Money Saving Hacks for the Broke Adventurer

For all of you who are just getting started on your two foot travelling journeys, I want to offer a beginners guide to backpacking. Backpacking can be a wonderful, fulfilling hobby. Many might even call it a lifestyle. But it’s not one of those activities that you can just jump right into with no knowledge or equipment. There are essential skills AND essential gear that you will need, to be both safe and comfortable, on your trips. So let’s talk…

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Best Quilts for Backpacking – Real Deal Recommendations

Best Quilts for Backpacking – Real Deal Recommendations

There are literally thousands of sleeping bags out there. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made with all kinds of materials, fills, zippers, and clips. Go ahead and google ‘best sleeping bags’ and you’ll literally get about 400 million results. With that kind of information overload, it’s difficult to find out exactly which bags are the best sleeping bags for backpacking. It’s overwhelming, to say the least! You’ve got brands promoting their own bags, experts testing and…

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Top Outdoor Apps for Nature Loving Nomads

Top Outdoor Apps for Nature Loving Nomads

If you’re like me, then not only do you like to explore the outdoors every chance you get, but you also like to learn things about the world around you. I want to know the names of the birds I see, what kind of flower is growing next to my tent, and where I might catch some salamanders. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of my top outdoor apps for anyone who loves being in and learning about, nature. This…

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How to Use a Compass with a Map- Become a Navigational Superstar

How to Use a Compass with a Map- Become a Navigational Superstar

If you’re reading this article, you should already have a good compass with all the necessary features to make it useful in the backcountry. You should know how to take and follow a field bearing. And you should be familiar and confident with topographic map reading. If that’s you then congratulations! You’re ready to cement your navigational superpowers by learning how to use a compass with a map. Let’s get started. But If you’re just getting started with a compass click here…

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Laybakpak – What You Never Knew You Needed… And Probably Don’t

Laybakpak – What You Never Knew You Needed… And Probably Don’t

Laybakpak – Quick Summary Description: 65L rigid frame rucksack, with a removable frame that converts into a cot Where to buy: You can’t outright purchase it yet but you can back it on Kickstarter Pros: Can be used with or without the frame, quick set-up, adjustable harness/ straps, versatile Cons: weighs way too much for backpacking, cot only supports 220 lb’s Recommendation: If you’re a car-camper or anyone who frequently needs a cot and a bag, but doesn’t have to…

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