Backpacking

Never Summer wilderness sunset

Mountain Weather Forecasts for Hikers

Increasing clouds and chance of heavy rain in the afternoon. These are the foreboding words a backpacker does not want to hear but that are often forecasted for Colorado’s mountains in late summer. The weather phenomenon is known as the North American monsoon, and it affects the Colorado Rocky Mountains with afternoon thunderstorms and dangerous lightning. So just how does one plan a trip with such unpredictable weather?

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Five Amazing Colorado Backpacking Loop Hikes

As the hot summer sun melts the winter snows off of the high peaks, I get the itch to hit the trail fill my lungs with piney mountain air and enjoy the sight of jagged peaks lining the horizon for miles and then to relax to sounds of a gurgling brook beneath a canopy of star studded skies. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy these mountain loop hikes picked for their alpine scenery, and because they are loops, they can be done without requiring a shuttle driver.

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Mosquito by Eli Christman

8 Tips for Dealing with Mosquitoes

As every backpacker knows, mosquitoes are a part of the summer outdoor experience. At times, however the bugs can go from a nuisance to real pain in the neck (pun intended!). But there are a few things that you can do to keep the little pests from ruining a trip. The following is a list of tips that I’ve found helpful in my backcountry travels.

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Choosing a Backpacking Tent

In this guide, I will walk through some of the considerations you should make when choosing a quality tent for backpacking in the great outdoors. You may be surprised to find out what makes a solid tent that lasts.

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