Whether you’re headed out on an overnight backpacking trip high up by an Alpine lake, or headed out on a multi-month excursion on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, you’re probably not going to end up having a very good time if you find yourself hauling around an improperly fitting pack.

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Check out the trailer for High Sierra- A Journey on the John Muir Trail documentary about the experience of backpacking the 220 mile John Muir Trail.


“HIGH SIERRA – A JOURNEY ON THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL is a first-hand experience along the John Muir Trail, through the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. It follows a group of students as they make the 220 mile trek in the wake of John Muir’s own footsteps. The film captures the visual splendor of the ‘Range of Light’ as well as the range of emotions and physical challenges that accompany such an adventure. The film includes Yosemite Park Ranger, Shelton Johnson (also featured in Ken Burn’s documentary, The National Parks), who shares insight about the trail and the meaning and importance of the American wilderness. The soundtrack kicks ass and features music from Lonnie Walker, Mandolin Orange, Luego, Boat, I was totally destroying It, Megafaun, Phil Cook and His Feat and Gayngs.”

Interested in watching more? Watch the full length (1hr 14min), award-winning documentary for free below:

High Sierra HD - Backpacking the John Muir Trail from Pete Bell on Vimeo.


Water purification systems can often be expensive, and hard to use. With so many working parts and filters that need to be replaced, they are quite often a pain. However, a new water purification system has been developed by Sawyer that changes all your previous notions of how filter systems work. The Sawyer MINI water filtration system is a lightweight and moderately priced alternative to all the pricy filters out there, and is quickly becoming the filter of choice for serious backpackers and thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Sawyer MINI weighs in a just two ounces, extremely lightweight compared to other filters out there, and critical when weight is everything in the backpacking game. Along with its light weight, the MINI is also small, portable, and extremely versatile, with not a lot of moving parts that break so often. It can be used with the included collapsible drinking pouch, attached to a hydration pack hose, screwed to most standard soda bottles, and can even be used as a straw directly from the water source, versatile to the max.

Along with being extremely lightweight and versatile, the Sawyer MINI is very efficient and effective, rated to 0.1 Micron absolute. “The MINI removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium”(Sawyer.com) And the MINI can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water in its lifetime, that’s about a lifetime of use for the recreational hiker. And with no chemicals involved, your water tastes fresh and clean as ever.

Lightweight, versatile, and effective, the Sawyer MINI is the best choice for your water purification needs while out on your outdoor adventures. Low price and easy to use, the MINI has won the praise of everyone who has used it, and has become the purification system of choice for serious backpackers as well as the recreational hiker.

Purchase your Sawyer MINI HERE


Trail running – A passion from Nicolai Brix on Vimeo.

Watch this Danish Adventure Film Festival award winning video, Trail Running – A Passion, from Nicolai Brix on Vimeo.

“Trail running – it’s about getting out there, enjoying nature. Smelling. Sensing. Experiencing.”