Brian is an avid ultralight backpacker, hiker, and self-confessed gear junkie. His blog is a great destination for in-depth gear reviews, trail reports, gear modifications, weight reduction tips, making your own gear (MYOG), tips & tricks and much more. Brian is also a Tenkara fly-fishing addict and recent convert to the minimalist barefoot running style.

Epic Hikes of the World

There's nothing better than being outdoors, hiking a trail, and connecting with mother nature. That's the dream after all - to travel the world, explore amazing places, and still be able to pay the bills. If I can't be outdoors hiking and having fun, … [Read more...]

Rugged Solar Charging Power Packs

Rugged solar charging power banks Odd timing, but I have been sent several different ruggedized, solar-powered, portable power banks recently. Maybe it's a new year thing, beats me. I'll admit … [Read more...]

The BBB Challenge Morale Patch

There's been a lot of online chatter lately about how to earn one of my BBB morale patches and "The BBB Challenge". You may have heard it mentioned on the latest episode of the Red Teams Podcast, but there's not much I can say right now. Expect it to … [Read more...]

Why Do You Hike?

SpinnTwin Tarp and Bug Bag It’s a pretty simple question, but have you ever stopped to really think about it?What is it about hiking and backpacking that motivates you enough to go outside, … [Read more...]

Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

Last month I wrote about transitioning my chocolate lab, and hiking partner, Coco to the Merrick Backcountry raw infused dog food line. That spurred a flurry of emails and questions via social media asking about hiking gear and packing lists for … [Read more...]

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food

I’ve noticed that as my chocolate lab Coco has gotten older her eating habits have changed. We rescued Coco as a young dog approximately two years old so we never really had her as a puppy. When she was young she would devour any amount of food that … [Read more...]

The ‘BGET’ Esbit Tray Stove is Now in Production

Ever since I first posted about my frustration with Esbit fuel tablets (more than four years ago now) and my eventual solution of developing a more efficient Esbit tray stove, I have received a steady stream of emails from readers asking if I could … [Read more...]

Compass Caddy Review

Here’s a clever little Kickstarter project called the Compass Caddy. It let’s you carry your baseplate compass right on your trekking pole so that it’s easily accessible and ready for navigation while you’re hiking. The Compass Caddy is the brain … [Read more...]

Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself.Choose … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hiking Apparel

I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I've received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you've seen me wearing in photos throughout my … [Read more...]

Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

Good To-Go Foods Sample Pack Giveaway The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I … [Read more...]

Review of Paleo Meals To Go

Paleo Meals To Go Review At last, quality ingredients and freeze dried convenience combine to create delicious, healthy, and paleo-friendly backpacking meals. For quite some time now I’ve … [Read more...]

CertHero – An Easier Outdoor Certification Search

logan_denali Meet Logan Randolph - professional mountaineering guide, ski patroller and outdoor certification guru. The last part may seem a little out of place. After years of working … [Read more...]

weBBem Traveler – Analog Watch

weBBem Traveler Watch I own quite a few watches, as many of you probably know. Some of my watches could be considered "high-end" and others are better described as every day beaters. Not too … [Read more...]

Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

I don’t know of any other knives for $20 that can beat the Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter. It’s a ridiculously good value and worth considerably more. I running a quick knife giveaway for the blaze orange handle version that I reviewed earlier this year. … [Read more...]

Affordable and Useful Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner and I'm getting lots of inquiries about holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy loved ones. Here are a couple of small backpacking, hiking, and camping related gear picks based on things that I … [Read more...]

Bushnell SolarWrap Mini Solar Charger

I’ve been waiting for a light weight, compact solar charger to hit the market for a very long time. So I was excited when I discovered the Bushnell SolarWrap Mini a few months ago. Until now the only solar charging solutions on the market all largely … [Read more...]

Outdoor Products Amphibian 20L Waterproof Pack

The Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense backpack is a 20L waterproof pack that earned the #1 spot in a recent Backpacker Magazine rating of waterproof packs. I am in the process of introducing my children to canoeing, and given their penchant … [Read more...]

Hungry Hikers Meal Review

Hungry Hikers sent Murray’s Hurried Currie, Three Sisters Scramble and Chicken Pot Pie for me to take into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last week. Each meal is freeze dried and packaged up into meals for two. I had two captive test … [Read more...]

Hanchor Cobble Backpack and Ripple Pack

Like many people with a penchant for backcountry exploration, I am always eager to test the features and abilities of new packs to determine their virtues. The Hanchor packs featured in this review arrived for testing shortly before a four-day, … [Read more...]

Our Team: Brian of Brian’s Backpacking Blog

My love of the outdoors started at a very early age, almost as far back as I can remember. I was born in the south of England at a time when spending all day outdoors as a small kid was considered perfectly normal. I was the youngest of four … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Sedona Loop Hike

Highlights This loop hike covered 14 miles and including the Dry Creek Trail, Bear Sign Trail, David Miller Trail, and Secret Canyon Trail. The views were spectacular from the David Miller Trail and each canyon held a different experience. The upper … [Read more...]