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Friday, March 12, 2010

The 10 Best Camping, Hiking & Backpacking Blogs

“"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
- Daniel H. Burnham

I’ve searched the web over the past year or so to find good camping, hiking and backpacking blogs.  I thought I would share with you my favorite ones.  I venture to title this post “The 10 Best camping, hiking and backpacking blogs” knowing that I may have overlooked some.  If so, please go ahead and comment on this post with your suggestions!  Admittedly my list does have a distinct bias for blogs focusing on light weight backpacking and it omits camping blogs focused on “RV” camping.  Not that there is anything wrong with “RV’s” – I just have trouble calling that camping.  So here’s the list – in no particular order:

  1. Gear Talk with Jason Klass This is all about backpacking and hiking gear. It is primarily a video blog each video being just a few minute covering a specific piece of gear. It’s updated a couple time a week and is consistent.
  2. Section Hiker This blog has a good mix of both trip reports and gear reviews.
  3. Lightweight and Ultralight Backpacking Here the “Jolly Green Giant” is often the first to review new ultralight backpacking gear.  Filled with quality insights and information.
  4. BackpackBaseCamp A bit of poetic license here – it’s my list so I’m on it! The blog has a good mix of gear and equipment reviews and some trip reports.
  5. Compass Points This blog has expanded to include “Compass Points TV” – Videos on hikes.
  6. The Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog The blog focuses primarily on the SMNP but often includes posts on other parks and trails around the country.
  7. Mungo Says Bah! Canadian Bushcraft, Camping, Outdoors & Hiking - Skills, Equipment & Tutorials.  The Blog has a good mix of outdoor related posts with some family stuff thrown in.
  8. Pig Monkey Great hikes and fantastic photos with a few gear reviews thrown in.
  9. Ramblings Great hiking in the Alaskan Backcountry.
  10. Summit and Valley Good gear review and good trip reports, interesting places.  Also nice photos.

There are a few others I wanted to put on but the list is already up to ten. A couple of obvious blogs have been intentionally left off this list.  The BackpackingLight.com is not on this list because it require you pay for a subscription.  Also The Backpacker Magazine blog is not on the list because frankly I don’t think it’s very good, mostly just short teasers getting you to go to their web site.


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25 comments:

  1. Thanks very much for the mention. It's always nice to be recognized. Each time my interest in blogging starts to fade, folks like you step up to encourage and fuel our joint passion. Best wishes.

    Jolly Green Giant
    http://jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks Robin. Much appreciated, but less deserved!

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  4. Thank you so much for the lists of backpacking blogs. It's to much appreciated. It helps me on my research. Thanks a lot.

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  7. These are indeed great resources for tips and information regarding backpacking, camping, and hiking. Those people who love these activities as well as those who are fond of Rainy Lake fishing (for example) will surely be thrilled to note this information. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. great list of interesting blog.I read read section hike and I learn a lot from it,maybe I will start subscribing to the other list here.

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  10. Thank you so much for such a great tips for camping. I truly appreciate it.

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  11. Hi - is it possible to please update the url link #9 from my old site to the current http://www.expeditionsalaska.com/ramblings/ - that'd be great, thanks so much,

    Cheers

    Carl
    Expeditions Alaska

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