By Liz Thomas My good friend Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and worked for 2 years as an AT backcountry ranger…20 years ago. Then he got a desk job, a house, a wife, and a dog and has been dreaming of the day he can do another 2,000 mile backpacking trip ever since. […]Read more "Short Thru-Hikes for the Office Jockey: Backpack and Still Keep Your Day Job"
There’s an old saying that every good thing needs to start with a dream. At Brooks-Range Mountaineering, every piece of outdoor gear began as an adventurer’s dream that the right piece of gear can make the bad times good and the good times even better. At Brooks-Range, that dreamer is Matt Brooks: a badass adventurer, […]Read more "9 Things You Should Know About Brooks-Range Founder Matt Brooks"
By Kevin Tatsugawa, Brooks-Range Ambassador Brown bears (aka grizzly bears) are at the top of the food chain in North America. They are ferocious predators that are more than a match for any person. Yet they are also cute, cuddly, curious animals that often, amusingly, display human-like behavior and emotions. Encountering a bear in the […]Read more "Bear Necessities: What You Need To Know About Bear Spray"
Summer is fast upon us. Many hikers will be heading for the hills in search for solace, scenery and some sort of adventure. Whether it’s an afternoon outing or a three-week river trip, one common denominator rings true for countless mountaineers, wanderers, and explorers: the hot drink. Long before tents and tarps, the only creature […]Read more "Best Camp Brews: A Shout Out to the Hot Drink"
Tarps are a simple pleasure. Light, efficient and easy to assemble, they’re a versatile tent alternative for versed backcountry campers. But don’t sweat it, first timers. It’s an easy learning curve. With a trekking pole, some tie-down cord and a tree or two, you can create a protective bastion from an ornery Mother Nature. Brooks-Range […]Read more "Brooks-Range Tarpology: The Wonderful World of Primitive Shelter"
By Liz Thomas Everyone knows that when you carry a lighter pack into the woods, you can hike longer, stronger, faster, and in less pain. But the nuts and bolts of lightening a pack can be intimidating—how do you know you’ve got what you need to be safe when you’re entering areas far from rescue […]Read more "Fast and Light: 6 Tips to Carry Less Stuff in the Outdoors"
With the low snow year, mountain ranges across the west are melting fast and summer adventures are quickly coming into view. While everyone has their favorite piece of gear, we feel it’s always necessary to have an ultimate summer setup of essentials that go along every time you leave the trailhead. Two fundamentals to always […]Read more "Ultimate Summer Setup: 5 Essentials for Backcountry Travel"