Techniques & Gear

Techniques & Gear 2017-01-09T19:17:21+00:00

There are dozens of sources of information about techniques and gear including our friend Alan’s website. Our articles are limited to a few topics that we think are not sufficiently addressed elsewhere.



We always carry binoculars around our neck and we use them extensively for navigation, wildlife, scenery, and people-watching. Good waterproof binoculars suitable for backpacking are available for $200-$400.

iPhone Apps


We have over 100 apps on our phone, and we use about half on any given trip. Here are a few apps that we use while traveling that might be unfamiliar to other hikers.

No-Cook Food Plan


We stopped cooking on backpacking trips twenty years ago. Our no-cook menu has evolved over many iterations and is now finely tuned to what works for us. We share it here for others who want to try a no-cook trip and are not sure where to start.

Stealth and Wild Camping


Stealth camping is the practice of camping where it is not permitted. It enables us to backpack in areas where the administering agency either does not permit overnight camping, or limits camping to select locations.