Backpacking The Enchantments – Day 3

Backpacking The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a remarkably beautiful, but gruelingly difficult journey. The landscape is heavenly with gorgeous alpine lakes and jagged mountain peaks, not to mention the wonderful wildlife. Those who explore this remote area of Washington State find that neither the beauty of this place nor the challenge of…

Exploring The Enchantments Core Zone – Day 2

A journey on Washington State’s most iconic backpacking trail, called The Enchantments, is like stepping into paradise. Getting a permit for The Enchantments and climbing Aasgard Pass are both nearly overwhelming challenges but once you are inside the Core Zone you will not want to leave. It is a mountainous landscape full of gorgeous alpine…

Hiking Aasgard Pass to The Enchantments – Day 1

A journey through The Enchantments is remarkable and beautiful, but a grueling challenge. It is full of gorgeous alpine lakes with mountain top scenery as well as wonderful wildlife. It is an adventure where the beauty and the challenge of the trail simultaneously cannot be overstated. One of the biggest challenges is found when hiking…

Guide to The Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

There is a place where jagged snow-covered peaks melt into reflective turquoise blue waters and where mountain goats will literally walk directly up to those who dare venture into their home turf. Sound enchanting? Well, that’s because it is, literally. This magical place is known as The Enchantments and it is consistently thought of as…

Best Backpacking Day Pack – How to Choose

Carrying a day pack for side trips while backpacking is another area where for a long time I fought even the slightest bit of extra weight. We would empty out our backpacks and carry one of those for any day hiking adventures when base camping in the backcountry. But, having a small day pack is…

Best Battery Backup for Backpacking – How to Choose

Increasingly, humans are reliant on electronic devices in every aspect of our lives. Backpacking is no different and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. GPS is a far easier way to venture into the wild than paper maps and a compass. Jennifer and I use maps.me on our cellphones for almost all trail navigation these…

Best Backpacking Food Storage – How to Choose

The best backpacking food storage will depend greatly on the environment you choose to explore. In the many areas of North America and really worldwide, properly storing your food from bears and other wild animals is essential. How to store food can look surprisingly different based on the rules of the park or the terrain….

Best Backpacking Apparel – How to Choose

The Best Backpacking Apparel Having the best backpacking apparel can be the difference between a great journey into the wilderness and a miserable one. Comfortable shoes, a rain jacket, and a warm jacket are just the start of the apparel that might be needed for a successful backpacking trip. The following is our list of…

Best Backpacking Clothing – How to Choose

The Best Backpacking Clothing Acceptable cultural practices often take a backseat when on the trail and that is because clothing can be heavy. Food is typically the heaviest thing in our backpacks but clothes could easily be. When it comes to clothing we prefer to walk the fine line of less is more while maintaining…