Kassondra Cloos

Kassondra Cloos

Freelance writer & editor / Co-founder of Adventures in Wikipedia / Boulder, Colorado

Elevate Your Backpacking Game With These 9 Gear Picks

Elevate Your Backpacking Game With These 9 Gear Picks

I never used to be a pillow kind of backpacker. I was the kind of person who brought the bare minimum on trips not just because it was easier to carry, but because I didn’t think all the extras were worth the hype or the cash.

Enter the Klymit X inflatable pillow. Actual pocket-sized (and I’m working with women’s pockets here, which can only hold one Sacagawea coin and a Kleenex), inflates with two good breaths and worth its weight in platinum.

I never would have bought it on my own, but it came in my second Cairn box and it revolutionized the way I sleep outdoors. The Cairn box ($27.45/month) includes up to six outdoor products and comes once a month right to your doorstep—the upgraded Obsidian box ($249.95/quarter), with products like sleeping bags and packs, comes once a quarter—full of useful surprises that can easily make their way into your permanent camp kit.

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Hike Wrangell-St. Elias National Park With These Expert Tips

Hike Wrangell-St. Elias National Park With These Expert Tips

7 of the Best Restaurants to Eat at on Your Next Trip to Jackson Hole

7 of the Best Restaurants to Eat at on Your Next Trip to Jackson Hole