MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

The MSR FreeLite 2 is one of our favorite lightweight backpacking tents for solo adventures. Photo credit: Dave Collins ( The MSR FreeLite 2 is one of the lightest 2-person double-wall tents on the market. It also has a roomy, fully rectangular floor, an easy-to-pitch semi-freestanding design, and provides the excellent weather protection we’ve come […]

30 Great Deals at REI’s Anniversary Sale 2024

Photo credit: Dave Collins ( Adventure seekers rejoice – REI’s Anniversary Sale is here, running May 17th-27th! Score some great deals on our favorite backpacking, hiking, and camping gear. REI members get exclusive discounts, including 20% off one full-price item and 20% off one REI Outlet item using coupon code ANNIV24. We’ve done our homework […]

A Complete Guide to Hiking the Grand Sawtooth Loop

Photo Credit: Dave Collins ( The Grand Sawtooth Loop is one of Idaho’s most exhilarating and burly backcountry trails. It’s a gratifying route that promises a big adventure through some of Idaho’s most challenging and beautiful landscapes. You’ll spend day after day surrounded by high alpine lakes, majestic mountain passes, and craggy, towering peaks. At […]

6 Safety Tips For Hiking with Kids

Photo credit: Heather Eldridge ( We’ve been hiking with our kiddos for years and we want to share our six tips for keeping yours safe and happy in the woods. Preparing for the weather, bringing the right gear, and packing lots of snacks and water are key. Practice setting boundaries around hiking. Fun, slow, worry-free […]

10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids of 2024

Saucony Cohesion 14 – Photo credit: Heather Eldridge ( Hiking with kids is about prioritizing fun, and staying safe and comfortable. We researched the market and tested the most promising models to come up with this list of the best hiking shoes for kids. We assess comfort, traction, user-friendliness, durability, and water resistance for shoes […]

Big Agnes Tiger Wall vs. NEMO Hornet OSMO vs. MSR FreeLite

If you’re looking for a lightweight backpacking shelter that blends comfort, user-friendly design, and excellent weather protection, a semi-freestanding tent is the ideal choice. Semi-freestanding tents offer lower weight without sacrificing the comfort and ease of double-wall tents – a combination that has made them more popular than ever in recent years. Thanks to a […]

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