Alec Sills-Trausch

Alec is a backpacker, photographer, and writer who loves telling stories about the outdoors. You can usually find him outside taking photos, finding new destinations, and having a blast with friends. He's also a cancer survivor who hopes to end the stigma that cancer is the end of the journey and simply a speed bump in an otherwise great life.

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  • 10 Best Multitools in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    10 Best Multitools in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    Are you tired of carrying several tools around with you? Do you wish you could have easy access to any tool you might need in the case of an emergency? If so, then a multitool might be the solution you're looking for. Multitools are compact and allow you to carry a large variety of tools without filling an entire toolkit.Different multitools are best for different circumstances, so we've done the research to find the best tool for you. We chose the Swiss Army Multi-Tool by Victorinox as our favorite as it is lightweight, durable, and versatile. We've picked 10 of the best multitools for you to peruse and also have a buying guide to help you make your choice.
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  • 10 Best Camping Stoves in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    10 Best Camping Stoves in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    You may not feel confident in your fire-building skills during a camping trip, or maybe you just want to do some heavy-duty grilling while you're experiencing the great outdoors. Either way, a camping stove will help keep your gear load relatively light while still providing you with the stable heat source you need to cook your meals. A good stove for your camping expedition should heat your food quickly and thoroughly, use fuel economically, and most importantly, not weigh you down too much. We fell in love with the Camp Chef's Explorer Double Burner Stove because of its sturdy, rugged build, powerful heat output, and protective wind screens. Check out our other favorite products as well as a handy buying guide below. 
  • 10 Best Camping Tents in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    10 Best Camping Tents in 2022 (Backpacker-Reviewed)

    When nicer weather is here, nothing beats camping out with family or friends. Families and backpackers need no reason to set out on a trip with minimal gear to seek adventure, one of which needs to be a tent. But if you're in the market for a new tent or haven't bought one before, you might be lost as to where to begin.That's why we've curated a list of the 10 best camping tents for a range of uses and climates. Coleman's Elite Montana 8-Person Tent is our number one pick for its size, height, and ventilation offering the best camping experience. Keep reading to see the rest of our picks! And if you'd rather do some digging on your own, our buying guide at the end is full of helpful tips and information to help you in your search.
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