Hiking the highest point in your county is a nice goal for anyone with a backpack. Sure, for some of us, that’s not too tough. Here at Life in a Pack, the highest point in Benton County, Washington, is Rattlesnake Mountain. At 3,633 feet, it is reportedly the tallest treeless mountain in the United States. […]
Bikepacking vs. Backpacking: lightweight or ultralight?
Ultralight and lightweight tents are two different types of tents that are designed for outdoor activities such as backpacking and bikepacking. Both types of tents are designed to be lightweight and portable, but there are key differences between them that can greatly impact your experience on the trail. A lightweight tent typically weighs between 2-4 […]
Fixing or replacing a zipper on your tent
Fixing a zipper on a backpacking tent can be a simple task or a more complicated one, depending on the problem. Replacing the zipper completely is also an option, but it can be more involved and time-consuming. If the zipper is simply stuck or difficult to zip, applying a silicone-based lubricant to the teeth of […]
Sleeping bag and pad choices for the Colorado Rockies
When backpacking in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, choosing the right sleeping pad and sleeping bag can make a big difference in your overall comfort and enjoyment of your trip. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing these essential items: Temperature Rating: In the Rocky Mountains, temperatures can drop significantly at night, especially […]
How to pick one tent among many options
When it comes to choosing a tent for your next camping or hiking trip, there are many options available, ranging from basic tents purchased from Amazon to high-end models from brands such as Big Agnes and Zpacks. While each of these types of tents has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, understanding the key differences […]
The Appalachian Trail: trekking pole tent or traditional tent?
Backpacking along the Appalachian Trail is a popular activity for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and connect with nature. Although both a trekking pole tent and a tent with poles have their own unique benefits, backpacking with a trekking pole tent can offer several advantages over a traditional tent […]