Andrew

Andrew grew up in Pennsylvania and is a passionate explorer. He has backpacked throughout the world, from the European Alps, to the deserts of the American West, to the mountains of Great Britain and Ireland, and of course, the forests of Appalachia. From his current base camp in Southern Pennsylvania, Andrew spends his free time camping, hiking and blogging about his adventures through the wilderness.

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How to Plan a Backpacking Trip: Backpacking Guide 101

As a passionate hiker, I love the joy of losing myself in the woods, carrying only what I need and powering myself forward with nothing but my own two legs. Still, spending a couple of days to a few months in the wild is a big deal! And, ensuring that you have exactly what you …

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Ultimate Snake Bite Protection: Best Snake gaiters Reviewed

Being in the outdoors can be a thrilling experience. But when you end up facing a life-threatening ordeal, it’s important to have the right protection. Wearing a pair of snake gaiters will give you that added amount of protection in case you encounter a snake. Here are a few tips and reviews to help you …

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Top 6 Best Tactical Backpacks: Performance Reviews

A tactical backpack can be used for everyday carry or as an emergency bug-out-bag when you need to get out of Dodge quick. It’s a backpack that is designed to be practical and tough, and of course, comfortable when carrying heavy loads.  Most military backpacks come with a Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS for short), …

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top 5 best waterproof tents

Staying dry may be one of the biggest challenges you face when camping. No matter where you plan to go, rain is always a possibility, but you may also encounter dampness from dew, ground water, or even snow. For your next trip into the wilderness, we have identified the best waterproof tents for your situation, …

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Best Tent Stakes and Pegs for Camping and Backpacking

We narrowed our top choices for the best tent stakes down to six by looking at durability, versatility, hold, and price, and the Chill Gorilla came out on top. The MSR Groundhog, which is only a few hundredths of an ounce lighter, came in a close second.  Both of these tent stakes, along with the other …

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Tips for Camping with Kids: Family, Fun, & Safety

If you have a family and love nature, then the thought of taking a weekend camping trip has probably crossed your mind, but you’re not alone if you don’t know where to start! To help you out, I’ve written this post to give you some tips for camping with kids (whether they are babies, toddlers, …

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