Trip Report: Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina


Ever have this glorious idea of what a backpacking trip is going to be like? You know, you’re packing up your gear and you’re thinking that you’re heading out on the most incredible trip, and that nothing in the world … Continue reading

How to Cross-Train for Hiking and Backpacking


Training for a long-distance hike ahead of time is necessary. Do you want to be the person gasping for breath a few feet from the trailhead, or do you want to be the mountain-summiting, side-trail taking, endurance freak? I mean, … Continue reading

Lightweight Entertainment on the Trail


Sometimes the trail can get a little boring. Blasphemous, I know. Okay, maybe it’s not boring, but it’s definitely safe to say that at times it can be monotonous. You may get to your campsite after a long day of … Continue reading

How to Pack Your Backpack: What to Take, and What to Leave


Backpacking, regardless of where you go, requires some gear that is truly necessary. Of course, there are the 10 essentials that every hiker/backpacker should have. If you don’t know about this list of essentials, then check it out immediately, and … Continue reading

Download and Print Topo Maps with the Tripleblaze Co-op


We’re excited to introduce new and improved topo map features on including PDF downloads, elevation profiles for select hiking trails, and access via our mobile apps. The best part: access is totally free for Tripleblaze Co-op members and just … Continue reading

How to Treat Drinking Water While Hiking and Backpacking


So, you’re in the woods right? You’re on a multi-day backpacking trip, it’s the middle of the summer, and you just took your last sip of water. Problem. Although some hardcore survivalists argue that it’s possible to drink unfiltered water … Continue reading