Tag Archive: Backpacking

Mountain House

Product Review: Mountain House Just in Case

I’m the first to admit it – I am not very good at cooking things while camping. It’s something I definitely want to improve at but to be honest most of the time I just offer to carry the gear of the designated camp chef. But when I’m going solo in the backcountry, I always want a big, hot breakfast…

read » March 13, 2014

Win a Signed Copy of "Mile … Mile and a Half"

OK – enough bad news about the government shutdown and whether or not your hiking destination is open for business … it’s time for some good news for lovers of nature AND beautiful documentaries – The John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half is available on DVD/Blu-Ray, iTunes, and other VOD platforms including streaming and downloading directly…

read » October 1, 2013

Backpacking May Make You More Creative

Here are some depressing numbers: the average 8-18 year old in America only spends 15-25 minutes a day in outdoor play or sports, while spending 7.5 hours a day soaked in media from TV, computers, and cell phones. It’s easy to see how people can make a case for something like Nature Deficit Disorder. But it’s not all bad news…

read » December 13, 2012

Bear Swipes iPad from Fisherman

Unless bears have now also joined many humans in having a voracious appetite for things Designed By Apple in California, you probably don’t have to worry about them starting to go after your iPad in the woods – but if you do want to bring your tablet computer to an area known to be frequented by black bears, you might…

read » September 24, 2012

New Mile … Mile and a Half Trailer

If some trail-tracker sees a huge spike in hikers on the John Muir Trail next year, you can probably preemptively go ahead and give all that credit to The Muir Project – the team behind Mile … Mile and a Half. I’ve been following these guys since they released their first footage last year – and I met them at…

read » August 30, 2012

Adventure 16 Parking Lot Sale on Saturday

It’s no fun to set your alarm on Saturday morning (unless you’re going out for a hike, that is), but this Saturday you’ve got another good excuse – the Adventure 16 Parking Lot Sale. Part sidewalk sale, part carnival – the Parking Lot Sale will be held at the West L.A. store this Saturday, August 25th from 9AM to 1PM.…

read » August 23, 2012

Gear Guide Giveaway

I’m happy to announce that the guys at National Geographic have provided me three copies of Andrew Skurka’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide to give away to Modern Hiker readers – and all you have to do is a little bit of writing. By noon, Pacific Time on Friday, March 30th, leave me a comment on this post telling me…

read » March 28, 2012

National Geographic's Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

Gear Guides are by nature very fleeting – companies make money by putting out newer, better versions of their gear every season. So publishing a gear guide in book form may seem like an exercise in futility, but thankfully National Geographic’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide avoids those pitfalls through excellent writing and an extremely intuitive organization style. The book…

read » March 28, 2012

National Geographic’s Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

Gear Guides are by nature very fleeting – companies make money by putting out newer, better versions of their gear every season. So publishing a gear guide in book form may seem like an exercise in futility, but thankfully National Geographic’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide avoids those pitfalls through excellent writing and an extremely intuitive organization style. The book…

read » March 28, 2012

Trailer for New John Muir Trail Documentary

Last year, I wrote about The Muir Project – a group of artists and filmmakers who hiked the John Muir Trail and documented their journey with some stunning HD video. They only released a short clip of their footage before, but today they’ve unveiled the first trailer for their feature-length documentary Mile … Mile and a Half. If the earlier…

read » February 15, 2012

Product Review: iMainGo X

The team at Portable Sound Labs sent me one of their iMainGo X cases, suggesting it could be used as a small portable speaker for backpacking or camping. I finally had a chance to put the unit to the test and I have to say – while I don’t think I’d always want to pack along some speakers for a…

read » February 8, 2012

Black Friday Deals

Hopefully you’re joining the Big Parade’s walk today or enjoying a hike somewhere, but maybe before or afterward you’d like to try to save a bit of cash on some outdoorsy gear or gifts. Well, you’re in luck, because it’s 2011 and we don’t have to go sully our tents by camping out in front of the Target for good…

read » November 25, 2011

Vasque, Mountain Hardwear, Kelty Sale at LeftLane Sports

The bargain gear-mongers at LeftLane Sports are running two sales on excellent gear right now, with a third planned for this Friday. Currently, they’ve got a collection of mostly low-top Vasque trail-runners on sale for about 50% off, and a collection of Mountain Hardwear clothing including jackets, shorts, hats and more with the same discounts. Longtime readers know my love…

read » October 5, 2011

Long-Weekend Backpacking Video

What better way to throw yourself into this warm, sunny weekend than by watching an epic backpacking video from a rainy weekend in the Santa Monica Mountains? Reader and YouTube user Cincinnati Jones produced this fun trail video during the rainy season and just left it in the comments section of my Mishe Mokwa Trail write up. Hopefully it will…

read » April 29, 2011

Looking for Solo Backpacking Suggestions

Reader Sambieni left a post in the forums looking for some nearby backpacking suggestions, and I figured I’d cross-post it here for a little more attention: Just moved to LA few months back and love Modern Hiker…. The last week of April I have 3 days off and looking for a good 3 day backpack within 4-5 hours of West…

read » March 17, 2011

Sale on Pacific Outdoor Equipment on the Clymb

The outdoor gear dealsmiths at the Clymb managed to track down an interesting collection from Pacific Outdoor Equipment for this week’s first sale, going far beyond the backpacks and boots that make up the gear lists we hikers are usually watching over. Along with a decent collection of rugged, waterproof urban slings and bike bags, the company is also offering…

read » October 10, 2010

Lightest Airmat Makes Its Debut

At the Outdoor Retailer show, Klymit unveiled its new air mat – the Inertia X Frame Sleeping Pad. The company claims this new future-device weighs just 9.1 ounces and packs down to the size of a soda can. It also looks CRAZY. I’m jealous of the backcountry types who can sleep on stuff like this. I am a notoriously light-sleeper,…

read » August 19, 2010

Family Backpacking Question

Chuck posted in the Forum a little while back, looking for a good place to take his family on a first-time camping trip. He writes: I’m looking for a hiking/backpacking/camping option that would be a good first trip for my daughters and I. The wife is a “Car camper”, but I think it’s important to get our girls out into…

read » April 13, 2010
Mount San Gorgonio

Hiking San Gorgonio Mountain via South Fork Trail

* this distance on my GPS differs slightly from the distance on topo maps, which gave 24.8 miles. Trust the maps. The fact that San Gorgonio Mountain is the tallest peak in Southern California (11,502 feet) is reason enough to hike it – the breathtaking 360 degree vistas and stunning alpine scenery along the way are icing on the cake.…

read » September 22, 2009

New Trail on Catalina

OK, I’ll admit that I still haven’t made it out to Catalina. From what I hear, the hiking and camping are pretty great, but it can get crazy crowded during the summer months — which apparently are already going on in Southern California, as it’s already next to impossible to find a beachside campsite on the weekend. But now there’s…

read » April 6, 2009