backpacking Articles


The Mountains Speak

The Mountains Speak

A Special Fraternity Western hunters are drawn to mountains. Our appetite is for rugged terrain, steep slopes, clean air, and the effort required to pursue wild creatures in often unrelenting habitat. Many non-hunters think our quest is about only the kill, but we...
24 Tips for Surviving Cold Weather Hunts

24 Tips for Surviving Cold Weather Hunts

When the snow flies and the temperatures drop, many hunters shy away from the backcountry, but this is precisely the best time to head in. Winter weather camping and backpacking can be a daunting task and a major undertaking, but with the right gear and know-how, you...
The Backpack Hunter’s Friend-Goats

The Backpack Hunter’s Friend-Goats

Pack Goats-The Best Buddy You Never Knew You Had If you’re even remotely interested in the idea of someone (or something) else carrying your gear into the mountains and your freshly acquired meat back out, then you need to consider goats and llamas. We covered llamas...
Tweaked: Nate Simmons’ Ever-Evolving Gear List

Tweaked: Nate Simmons’ Ever-Evolving Gear List

Not Less, Just Better It’s been a long time since I wrote an article about my backpacking gear list. A lot has changed since then. This article will detail the upgrades and additions I’ve made since then. Over the past several years, I’ve made some upgrades on pieces...
Gear Repair in the Backcountry

Gear Repair in the Backcountry

A Few Extra Ounces aren’t Always a Bad Thing Recently, I was watching WHM’s Backcountry Editor Nate Simmons on The Western Hunter TV as he was packed way back into the mountains in Wyoming. An unexpected windstorm had flattened his tent, breaking the ridge pole...