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Coastal Hiking Tips: Advice for Beach Backpacking

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of coastal hiking trips. I recently added it up, and I’ve been on 18 different beach backpacking trips in British Columbia and Washington. Coastal trails are in a totally different environment than the mountains or the forest, and they come with their own set of challenges. In this …

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Cape Scott Trail Guide: Hiking and Camping on Northern Vancouver Island

Cape Scott Provincial Park is at the very northern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s a remote but beautiful place: old-growth rainforest, coastal bog, gorgeous white sand beaches, and lots of historical sites. It’s a 23.6km hike from the trailhead to the lighthouse at Cape Scott, so most visitors do it as a backpacking trip, staying …

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Backpacking Checklist: Gear You Need To Go Backpacking

I’ve been backpacking for nearly 20 years, but I still remember my first backpacking trip. I had no idea what I needed to pack and the whole process of choosing gear seemed daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! I’ve put together a super-simple backpacking checklist for you. It lists out all the gear you’ll …

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How to Hike in Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Tasmania’s wilderness. I spent 6 days exploring it on the Overland Track on my first visit in 2019, so when I returned to Tasmania in 2020, I pretty much went right from the airport directly to Walls of Jerusalem National Park to go backpacking. Unlike …

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West Coast Trail Packing List: Everything You Need to Bring

Packing for the West Coast Trail can be a little bit confusing. Your pack needs to be light, but it also needs to contain everything you need, including lots of food and waterproof gear. The first time I hiked the West Coast Trail in 2004 I was really inexperienced and used mostly borrowed gear. My …

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