Pants You’ve Never Heard of but Have to Try

Craghoppers Pants

Pants don’t get much attention. Most gear talk seems to center around clothing. Jackets so light they call them ghosts. Or the ongoing debate between trail runners and hiking boots. But pants are important. Really important. They do, after all, cover nearly half your body. And some pretty important parts are located in that half. The choices abound but all seem relatively similar. Avoiding blue jeans and cotton is the obvious decision. After that a number of other variants. Color?…

The Best Family Backpacking Stove Available

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Food is fuel. It keeps us going on the trail and its importance is tough to underate. With a family, it’s even more important. Kids’ energy levels and attitudes are directly related to how much and how recently they’ve eaten. The best and fastest way to make a backpacking family happier is to feed it. To make sure food is cooked quickly, groups and families need a stove that can get the job done quickly and efficiently. Enter the MSR…

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom and my most amazing wife. I wouldn’t be where I am today without either one of them. 6 backpacks would be just 1 backpack without my beautiful, incredible wife. She helped bring our four children into the world and stands as my eternal friend and companion. I couldn’t do what I do without her. I’m eternally grateful for the many blessings God has bestowed upon me and my family stands at the front of…

New Gossamer Gear Ambassador

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I was recently accepted into the group of Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassadors! The pic at the beginning of the post is the original/larger one I submitted to Gossamer Gear for their site. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this great group of people and to be able to have more opportunities to share my love for lightweight backpacking and for Gossamer Gear packs. Gossamer Gear is an outdoor retailer producing lightweight products. They focus on backpacks but…

Gear Talk

Gear doesn’t define a trip. Skills, planning and other important items are truly at the core of backpacking. It is, however, an important item and certainly something talked about often. Myself included. Our walk-in closet has a small portion appointed to my clothes. The rest is a gear closet. Someone recently told me that while learning skills are more important than gear, it’s talking about the gear that often opens conversations and opportunities to teach skills. Very true. We’ll definitely…

Great Time of Year

The snow is starting to melt. The days are warming. Backpacking and summer camping is in the air! I love this time of year. The time when the waiting is almost over and the best time of the year for camping (at least with a family) can begin in earnest. We’ve been planning for months and will kick off camping later this month. Some of the trips on the horizon for this year, including several that are on my bucket…

Welcome

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Welcome to 6Backpacks.com. At its heart, this site is about our family’s journey into the outdoors. Posts will focus on techniques, gear, trip reports and other information that we’ve learned – and continue to learn – along the way. We hope it will prove helpful to families as they seek to spend time outside. A primary focus will be on backpacking, but information will be relevant to hikers, car campers and other outdoor activities. A bit about our family. We…