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5 Tips for Better Smartphone Pictures | Backpacker's Pantry

It’s an old saying, but so true. The best camera is the one you have with you. Or more precisely the one you’re going to get out and use. That’s our advice to those asking recommendations looking for advice shopping the latest and greatest cameras on the market.

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Never Forget to Look up - and Here’s Why | Backpacker's Pantry

It’s an early morning - Could be Thursday or Friday, but either way, it’s day twenty-six. I’ve been paddling nonstop, head down for two hours already, when something stops me - that nagging feeling I’m missing something. I look up from the compass I’ve been glued to for the past thirty minutes, only to be struck by a amazing sight - The morning fog has burnt off, and with the sun rising, the glassy calm water has become a pool of molten pinks and oranges.

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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: We Cook it Better | Backpacker's Pantry

One of the aspects I love most about long distance backpacking is the eating. After a few months on the trail hikers have usually burned away all the extra padding that has fueled the first few hundred or thousand miles, and the body enters a stage I like to call “eat all the things” phase.

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How to Save Time & Hike More by Having Dinner on the Trail | Backpacker's Pantry

Last June, my buddy Greg Balkin and I found ourselves flying to Alaska for an impromptu backpacking trip through Denali National Park. Having fit the trip in between our other commitments and obligations, we had a total of six days–including travel time–to squeeze in as much adventure as we possibly could. Fortunately for us, Denali’s vast, trailless wilderness lends itself perfectly to rambling explorers, so with a very loose itinerary we headed into the hills. Our objective: experience as much as possible in 48 hours or less.

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