The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

As always, make sure to bring the “Ten Essentials”, extra food and water, sunscreen etc. The Ozark Trail 1-Person Backpacking Tent is on the cheaper end of the spectrum. A variety of websites have it currently priced for less than $50. Many higher quality tents could cost 3 or 4 times that amount. Here’s another… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

It even has a rain cover built in, which is great when I’m riding my bicycle across town on a rainy day. Determining when and where water will be available is part of route planning. Monitoring rain in the area you’re going to hike and contacting locals can help you determine if smaller creeks might… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

I prefer to use my local outfitters, suppliers, and bookstores for most backpacking purchases. Backpacking Light community posts are moderated and here to foster helpful and positive discussions about lightweight backpacking. Please be mindful of our values and boundaries and review our Community Guidelines prior to posting. Overall, it could have been roomier, but the… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

I’d have 3 days to sample them all before setting off into the Ozarks. Comfy and roomy pants or shorts are best (hopefully with pockets, so kids can carry their own snacks and trash). Most kids will do fine with sneakers on short hikes. Once your family is hiking distances on a regular basis, invest… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

This 14L pack is designed for maximum versatility so you can focus on the great outdoors. It features two main compartments for maximum storage and organization, as well as a shove pocket with a clean, gusseted design for carrying extra items. Also included are side profile daisy chains for carrying items externally. With a 1-person… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

One of the most frustrating qualities of many models we tested is their challenging zippers. So far, manufacturers haven’t been able to produce a zipper that’s waterproof and easy to use. Many soft cooler zippers not only require two hands to open and close but also quite a bit of straining and muttering through clenched… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

We didn’t expect to wake up to red rock views, but we were sure happy when we did. It wasn’t the first time or the last we were grateful for the flexibility of our canvas home and the ability to pitch a place to sleep anywhere we could find one. ozark trail canopy Had high… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

Here’s everything you need to know to get started at thru-hiking or get better at it. The V Top Strap is modular and can be added or removed from your pack as necessary. Our normal, single top strap is also included when you add this option. Consider a Pack Liner as an alternative, if you… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

Of all the wagons we tested, the Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon best hits the sweet spot of price, versatility, weight, and ease of use. It’s one of the simplest wagons to unfold and use, and it rolls smoothly enough to keep its contents intact over mud, grass, bumps, and curbs. At 22½… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains

When you arrive, move the airplane case to the inside of your backpack and it doubles as a pack liner. Really appreciate the ability to carry it different ways and to carry it alone on days in town. Saves much time and aggravation as you can get to most things you need during your hike… Continue reading The Ozark Trail: A Guide to Hiking Missouri’s Mountains