Bandanas, The Underrated Backpacking Accessory

Every backpacker should have at least two bandanas in his or her pack. The bandana is of course very light and small, yet it has literally hundreds of practical uses in the great outdoors. Here are but a few:

  • Use it to handle hot pots and pans
  • Use it as a sweatband
  • Use it to secure yourself in your hammock
  • Use it like a whip to keep bugs out of your face as you hike
  • Use it as an absorbent emergency bandage
  • Use it as an emergency tourniquet
  • Stuff it in your pot to keep the contents (silverware, cup, etc.) from clanging around

Alvin Langdon Coburn

One of the first modernist and abstract photographers, took this stunning shot of the Grand Canyon Amphitheater in 1912. Without an Instagram filter.

Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red Star was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. Her work explores Native American cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and romantic ideals perpetuated in popular culture, art, & photography.

The Best Backpacking and Camping chair

The Best Outdoor Backpacking and Camping

Alite Designs’ Monarch chair is without a doubt, the best backcountry backpacking chair ever made – light, stable on any grade, bomber. That’s the good news. Bad news is you’ll never own one because they went out of business. We have 2, including an early prototype from OR we call the cow chair. Grand Trunk acquired their assets last year, perhaps we’ll see the rebirth some day. What makes it so great. Light? Packable. Most importantly, it’s completely stable on any grade or surface, one of the reasons its best outdoor backpacking and camping chair around. I think the design was inspired by the Alite founders trying to find comfortable seating in Dolores Park in San Francisco where the steep hilly grade makes it a challenge to get comfortable.

Best Thing In The Backcountry Since Sliced Bread?

We’re not saying the Omnia Stove is the best backcountry invention since the, um, sleeping bag. But we’re not saying it isn’t. At 1.1 lbs, it certainly beats lugging a cast iron dutch oven into the backcountry. If it works as advertised, game changer. We’ll let you know once we test one out.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

For your consideration, a post from ’05 we wrote mocking Outside Magazine for its lack of diversity, 15 years ago almost to the day. Next items, for your consideration, their covers from the last 3 years. Would you call this an improvement? That’s the best they could do?🤷‍♂️

Backcountry Avalanche Deaths

With the rush to buy backcountry gear this winter, we pulled some stats about yearly avalanche deaths over the last decade. And we’re here to tell you, the safest thing to do in the backcountry folks, is “Other”. And snowboarding. Stay off the skis and snowmobiles folks. Be safe.