Ten most popular how-to articles of 2012

To more great hiking in 2013. Happy New Year!

To more great hiking in 2013. Happy New Year! Photo: Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park.

This website was re-launched in early-January, in advance of the release of The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide in late-February. Its front-end and back-end were both greatly improved: new layout, improved navigation, blog, social interactivity, and professional online store, all managed with a slick WordPress content management system.

I hope visitors have appreciated the new website, and  the content I’ve added to it in 2012. Special thanks to Ben Klocek at Bracia for making it all happen.

As part of my year-end routines I looked at web traffic more closely. To close the year, I thought readers might be interested in the ten most popular how-to blog posts and articles from 2012:

1. Make your own: Fancy Feast Alcohol Stove

2. A skeptic’s review of the BioLite CampStove: it’s neat but mostly impractical

3. “Stupid light”: Why light is not necessarily right, and why lighter is not necessarily better

4. Seven steps to lighten up

5. Nine skills that will allow you to go lighter

6. Minimizing the effects and aftermath of wet feet

7. My guyline system for tarps

8. Train for a Long-Distance Hike

9. Vapor Barrier Liners: Theory & Application

10. Food planning for multi-day backpacking trips and thru-hikes

Happy New Year. Hope to see you at a presentation or on a guided trips in 2013, or at least to exchange an email or to receive a blog  post comment from you.

Posted in on December 31, 2012


  1. Luke Schmidt on January 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Andrew I was at an REI sale the other day and a lady asked me about tarp camping and lighter gear in general. I walked her down to the bookshelf, showed her your book and told her that had pretty much everything she’d need. She bought it on the spot! I’m selling gear for REI and I don’t even work there!

    Hope you have a good year!

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