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Black Diamond Cosmo Vs Petzl Tikka – Best Headlamp for Backpacking?

February 4, 2018

A good headlamp can be a backpacker’s greatest ally in the wilderness. Stashed in the bottom of a daypack, it will come to the rescue when the sun sinks below the horizon sooner than expected. Many backpackers enjoy hiking late into the night with the help of a high lumen headlamp. At first glance, it … Read more

Zion National Park – 5 Hikes in 5 Days

December 17, 2017

Zion National Park sits in the extreme southwest corner of Utah. Home of the infamous Zion Narrows, the park formed when heavy rains and raging rivers began digging a path through the earth. Red and orange lines draw themselves across the canyon walls, making almost any view in the park spectacular. As one of the … Read more

52 Best Gifts for Outdoor Women | Tentside Gift Guide

November 19, 2017

Find the perfect gift for someone who loves the outdoors. We picked these awesome gifts for hiking, backpacking, climbing, and outdoor lovers. These are all products that we here at Tentside use and love! Click on any of the items below to get it on Amazon and save some time this holiday season by shopping online! … Read more

The 4 Best Women’s Trekking Poles for Hiking

November 5, 2017

Trekking poles are a commonly misunderstood piece of gear. Sometimes thought of as unnecessary, they can act as an essential tool to get you hiking faster, safer, and with less injury. While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, my trekking poles became an extension of my arms and saved my face from hitting the dirt on several … Read more

How to Find Free Camping in the United States

October 29, 2017

Finding free camping in the US is difficult if you don’t know where to look. As a general rule, the further East you go, the more difficult finding free campsites gets. The more populated an area is, the less likely it is to have access to public lands and undisturbed camping areas. I’ve been traveling … Read more

Book Review: A Walk for Sunshine | 20th Year Anniversary Edition

October 17, 2017

A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail recounts Jeff Alt’s 1998 northbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. Jeff (trail name ‘Wrongfoot‘) sets out to hike in honor of his brother Aaron, who has cerebral palsy. In preparation for his journey, he also plans to raise funds for Aaron’s … Read more

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Ghost Whisperer Review

August 8, 2017

I came across the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer while on the hunt for a lightweight insulating layer. I needed a thin down jacket to add to my layering system for backpacking trips. After trying on similar jackets from Patagonia, REI, Arc’teryx, and Marmot, decided on the Ghost Whisperer because it fit me the best. I … Read more

Exploring Ice Caves and Hiking on Mendenhall Glacier

July 23, 2017

During a week long family trip in Alaska, Andrew and I break off from the group for a single day to do what we do best — adventure. It’s day 2 of the trip. We’re in Juneau and have only 8 hours to do something epic. A few weeks ago, I found a company called … Read more

How to Pick a Warm Sleeping Bag for Backpacking

June 29, 2017

Choosing a high quality women’s sleeping bag presents a daunting task, especially as a beginner backpacker and hiker. It’s also an investment, since a durable and lightweight sleeping bag will typically cost upwards of $300. A women’s sleeping bag is not just the pink version of the men’s. In recent years, manufacturers have put a … Read more

Rock Climbing and Hiking at Summersville Lake in the New River Gorge

June 11, 2017

Photo credits to Lindsay Resler (@lindsii_) and Tolin Hessell (@mrtolin). Check out Tolin’s Etsy store for awesome t-shirts and designs.  We left Wisconsin on a chilly Thursday night in mid-May. Planning to arrive in West Virginia by late Friday afternoon, we’d meet up with friends to spend the weekend hiking and climbing in the wider area surrounding … Read more