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The Sea to Summit X-Pot, with its collapsible, heat-resistant, food-grade silicone walls that lock in place, just may change the way we think about cooking systems for backpacking. And you can win one of these 2.8L pots in my giveaway at The Big Outside. But time is running out, so enter now! Click here to enter.
On the first night of a four-day, family backpacking trip on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies, some backpackers looked at my X-Pot set and one asked, “What is that and who makes it?” When I answered him, he responded, “I gotta get one of those. Or I’m going to watch which bear locker you put your food and cooking gear in later and take it.” I wasn’t surprised (or certain he was kidding). The collapsible X-Pot cooking set will be coveted by many backpackers.
And right now, you can win a Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8L in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
Could you please recommend a four- to five-day backcountry trip in the Grand Teton Range that could include campsites located outside of the park (maybe the Jedediah Smith Wilderness area), so I would not need to get an overnight permit in the park? I do have a one-night permit for Paintbrush Canyon, so I was hoping to make that my last night for camping inside the park, then walk out to Jenny Lake on the last day. I was thinking the starting point could be around the top of Rendezvous Peak via the tramway? I have done day hikes in the Tetons, but never a backcountry trip, so I would appreciate your input. I’m going to be going the last week of August. I have basic skills with compass and map reading, so some off trail hiking is okay. I’m looking for solitude and will be solo hiking. Thank you for your time. Much appreciated!
Gary Continue reading →
Just as good gear helps me enjoy backcountry trips more, I’ve always made sure my kids had good-quality gear, so they would want to go backpacking again. With the Ace series of backpacks built for a huge range of children’s body sizes—from the youngest you’d want to put a pack on to bigger teenagers—Osprey has just made it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker. And right now, you can win any one of three models of Osprey Ace kids backpack, valued at $140 to $180, in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →
I’ve always believed that outfitting my kids with good-quality gear helps guarantee they’ll want to go backpacking again. Osprey’s Ace series of backpacks for kids, built to comfortably fit a wide range of children’s body sizes, make it a little easier to turn your child into a backpacker.
And right now, you can win an Osprey Ace 38, Ace 50, or Ace 75 kids backpack for your child in my giveaway at The Big Outside. Continue reading →