Posts made in April 2018

Wilderness Backpacking Tips

Wilderness Backpacking Tips


Remote and rugged Wilderness Backpacking is an extremely rewarding activity. It’s challenging and pushes you to accomplish things that you may not have thought were possible. You can take the skills you learn in the wilderness — patience, endurance, resourcefulness — and apply them to all other areas of your life. However, you must be prepared for the worst. As The American Backpacker, I’m here to share my experiences and wilderness skills I’ve learned during my time as a wilderness backpacker.


When you’re considering your backpacking essentials, think about what type of environment you’re going to be in and how your body might respond to it. For example, if live at a low altitude and start climbing mountains, you may get altitude sickness. Other dangers may include:

  • Difficult Weather or Terrain
  • Water Crossings
  • Dangerous Animals
  • Diseases from Insects
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Contaminated Water

To make the most of your journey without getting injured or sick, turn to my articles, archives, and backpacking product reviews. I’ll make sure you’re prepared for whatever comes your way.


Backpacking involves going out into nature, from at least one night up to several months, and carrying everything you’ll need on your back. This can include the following:

  • Food and Water
  • Bedding (Sleeping Bags, Air Mats/Pads)
  • Shelter   (Tents, Tarps, Bivy’s, Hammocks)
  • Clothes
  • Cooking Gear
  • Emergency Medical Supplies

A skilled backpacker packs with the environment in mind. Proper planning before your trip is essential not only for your comfort but safety.  Rushing into a wilderness area without doing you research can be a dangerous endeavor.

Gila Wilderness

The Bowline Knot


The bowline is a very popular knot used by many people and professions.  The bowline dates back to the 16th century.  It was used primarily as a maritime knot that was used to secure items on a ship such as the sails.  The bowline has found its way into many different applications and professions.

The bowline is used extensively by rescue personnel and those involved in mountaineering.  The bowline is also used to secure small aircraft.  The bowline is great for securing heavy loads.  When tension is put on the rope it constricts the bowline knot preventing it from coming loose.  The bowline is also very easy to untie in emergency situations.

I use this knot for many applications when I am on my Wilderness Expeditions.  Below is a video on how to properly tie this knot.