Most backpackers these days treat their water in the backcountry through a few commonly known options. When I state “treat” their water what I mean is to make it potable or safe to drink. The most common option is to use a filter and there’s all kinds of […]
Someone recently asked me what the prices are for our hiking/backpacking trips. It’s a great question and one I probably need to do a better job communicating to others when we do post a trip. For the most part our trips are free but there are potential costs. […]
Virginia Backpacking has launched a new feature called Virginia Hiking Challenges. To start off we created the 5 Peaks Above 5K challenge which requires you to summit five of the highest points in Virginia. Complete the challenge and submit the information to us for recognition. If you’re so […]
If you hadn’t heard already, Virginia State Parks are free to enter on January 1st. First Day Hikes is a joint initiative by America’s State Parks and encourages park goers to start the new year in the great outdoors! The first 100 visitors at each park will receive […]
Feeling lucky? Maybe you should join us St. Patrick’s Day weekend for a 3 day / 2 night backpack trip to Virginia’s Triple Crown near Roanoke! The deets… 24.4 miles Leave on Friday, return on Sunday Start at Dragon’s Tooth, then on to McAfee Knob, and finally Tinker […]
For our latest Virginia Backpacking trip we decided to mix things up and try a more unique “backpack” trip this December! Originally we had planned to leave from Dorey Park in Henrico and follow the Virginia Capital Trail for 12 miles to our overnight stay at the HI […]
This is a great short article that highlights 5 valid reasons for extending your hiking adventures into the winter months.
One of my fellow hikers recorded this on our trip to McAfee Knob. Nicely done video.
I’m no ultra-light backpacker, but one of the mistakes I make from time to time is carrying too much food. Why, there was one trip long ago when I actually begged a black bear to take most of my food! He looked at me with disdain, said “I […]
Hi folks, I’m part of the “social” committee at work and I recently had the opportunity to combine my love of the Appalachian Trail with encouraging my coworkers to walk laps during their breaks. I’ll walk you through how I did it (pun intended) and encourage you to […]