Planning for a short day hike or an overnight backpacking trip can be daunting and even seasoned packers can make mistakes. That's why most have developed a checklist to make sure they do it right. Gear apps like Lighterpack and GearGrams have checklists for this very reason. Here's my checklist to help get you started … Continue reading Hiking / Backpacking Checklist
I started this blog while planning my Camino - but now that Backcountry Pilgrim is a YouTube channel, I don't really need to keep posting videos here since viewers can subscribe to the channel itself. (But maybe follow this blog in case YouTube ever kicks me off!)
Click for Video 2020 has . . . not been the best year. However, you all have been good to me and Backcountry Pilgrim has seen some tremendous growth, several firsts, and is showing no signs of slowing down in 2021. Thank you all so much for watching, and I'll see you next year!
Three hikers. Three videos. Three pieces of gear (each). Come hang out with me, Mark from Mark Goes Hiking, and Crow from As the Crow Flies Hiking as we discuss our main gear choices for backpacking! FULL VIDEO HERE!
I have been a fan of Foxelli trekking poles for some time now. They are inexpensive, well-built, and have all the wish list features I look for (cork main grips, foam secondary grips, aluminum/carbon bodies, quick-lock bindings, and a full set of accessories). Plus Foxelli is just a cool company with actual humans on site … Continue reading Foxelli Trekking Poles Review and “Channelversary” Giveaway!
You've heard of lightweight and ultralight backpacking - but let's face it, sometimes you just need a luxury item or two. Or TWELVE! Welcome to Ultralux Backpacking (TM).
Had a great time last weekend building a PVC frame for a portable backdrop during WAH. It's not done yet and this first shot was in terrible light, but I couldn't resist one quick test shot. It will be a few weeks before this backdrop shows up in any videos because I'm a few weeks … Continue reading New Backdrop in Tha House (Literally)
A great video on what NOT to do on the Camino de Santiago. THIS IS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE - Please do not take ANY of this advice. It's terrible - truly. Just have fun with it. 🙂
After a tough August, I got to go play for a few days. To "prepare for my Camino" (*wink*), I went to my beloved Yosemite for 4 days and did 4 great hikes. The total distance was 52k with an elevation total of 5,700': Taft Point & Sentinel Dome: 7k, 830 ft, 2 hrs Cloud's … Continue reading Extended Training: 4 Days, 4 Hikes
This weekend I found a bit of time so I did my local 14k hike for the third time since my first 14k Day. This time I used the All Trails app to log my distance and times and stuff. it's very helpful and I learned a few things. First, it's 14.5k total. OK, not … Continue reading 3rd 14k Day