10 Campfire Safety Tips

May 24 2021 An average of 7.5 million acres of forest are impacted by wildfires each year. And almost 85% of wildfires are caused by humans. These statistics may look pretty bleak, but the good news is that it means most of the fire damage done to our forests each year can be prevented. With a little […]

How to Lace Hiking Boots & Shoes

Salomon Quest 4 GTX – Photo credit: Heather Eldridge (CleverHiker.com) How many ways can you tie your shoes? If you like to hike, you’ll need more than one. Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or new to the trail, proper lacing can be the difference between a pleasant trek and a painful outing. Tying your shoes […]

How to Clean Hiking Shoes & Boots

Photo credit: Heather Eldridge (CleverHiker.com) Keeping outdoor gear clean isn’t always convenient, and muddy hiking shoes are often the last thing we want to wash. However, anyone who’s had to pull on a pair of crusty boots knows that a little maintenance goes a long way.  A few fast and simple steps can extend the […]

Zpacks Duplex Zip Tent Review

Photo credit: Casey Handley (CleverHiker.com) The Zpacks Duplex has been the go-to tent for ultralight hikers – including us – for years. But over that time, there has been one common criticism: the zipperless vestibules. In response, Zpacks released the Duplex Zip to cater to those who were concerned about splashback and sideways rain getting […]

Best Hiking Boots of 2023

PHOTO CREDIT: HEATHER ELDRIDGE (CLEVERHIKER.COM) It’s incredibly important to treat your feet right on the trail. But when you’re looking for a new pair of hiking boots, you’ll quickly find there’s a lot to consider – fit, traction, support, price, break-in period, and weight among other factors. The general trend in the boot market is […]

Top Gear Picks of 2023

Top Gear Picks of 2023 When we hit the trail, this is the equipment we carry in our packs. Unlike the CleverHiker Gear Guide, where we highlight a wide range of exceptional choices, this page is where we talk about our personal favorites. For more of our favorite gear recommendations, have a look through these popular […]

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