Wirecutter: Create Your Own Backyard Campground
Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure, especially if you’re fortunate enough to have some outdoor space. Unlike the appeal of a long-distance hiking trip—which relies, of course, on seeing new landscapes—the magic of backyard camping, especially with children, is creating a fantasy in an otherwise familiar environment. It’s theater that you invent for yourself. And as with all good theater, no matter how minimal, the illusion is sustained in the details.
After combing through all of Wirecutter’s recommendations for camping gear, we’ve come up with a collection of equipment and ideas for building a perfect backyard camping scenario without spending a fortune. However, all our picks are versatile enough that you can one day use them on family camping trips in the wider outdoors.
See the full article from Kit Dillon on Wirecutter's website here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).