6 Things I'm Bringing to Hike the Appalachian Mountains
My first backpack trip of 2019 is this month. These are the critical and interesting items that I'm taking with me.
This month I am guiding two three-day overnight backpacking trips in West Virginia’s beautiful and uncrowded Appalachian Mountains. Here are six important—and maybe slightly odd —items that I’m taking with me.
Read the full article by Andrew Skurka on Outside Online's website here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan