Alpen Fuel Journal

  • Was This Swedish Immigrant the First Continental Divide Thru-Hiker?

    Before applying paint, Peter Parsons traced the letters on the back of his canvas rucksack. He wanted the 3-inch-high text to be perfect—no botched lines made by an excited hand. Parsons painted neatly inside the lines, making block letters that read: HEADING “NORTH”—MEXICO TO CANADA...
  • 8 Reasons Why Peak Refuel Backpacking Meals Are Amazing

    Peak Refuel emerged onto the backcountry food scene in 2018 after toiling for two years in obscurity perfecting their recipes.  After we found Peak Refuel on Instagram, we reached out for some samples...
  • The Best Ankle Brace For Hiking and Backpacking

    My ankles have been weak for 20 years.  Both of them.  My left ankle got hammered when I had the bright idea to try long jump in high school.  In ...
  • 7 Essential Pieces of Gear for First Time Backpackers

    Going on your first backpacking trip can be very intimidating, especially if you have never slept outside!  Here are a couple tried and true pieces of gear that can help get your first trip off on the right foot...
  • Backpacking Black Friday Deals 2019

    We scoured the interwebs to bring you the best Black Friday deals of 2019!  Expiration dates for sales and promo codes are listed when known. Alpe...
  • 10 Survival Books for the Adventure Obsessed

    Do you ever wonder what might happen if you were placed into a dramatic survival situation? Would you have enough grit and determination to surviv...
  • 30 Gifts For Hikers That Are Way Better Than a Boring Old Pair of Socks

    Hikers and backpackers can be very hard to shop for.  They are generally demanding and picky about their gear (I'm talking about you UL crowd).  The Alpen Fuel team has sorted through a ton...
  • To the Love of Wild Places

    Stranded deep in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness, Trevor Johnson fought for his life until help could be flown in.
  • How to Eliminate Hiking Blisters Forever (Almost)

      I put on a fair number of miles in the summer.  Lots of miles with broken-in boots and semi trail hardened feet.  But still, I occasionally got...
  • Alpen Fuel on the Backcountry Hunting Podcast

    Recently Alpen Fuel joined Joseph von Benedikt on the Backcountry Hunting Podcast.  Joseph is an accomplished outdoor writer and exceptional podcast host.  We talk about backcountry food options...
  • Interview With Chris Cage of Greenbelly Meals

    We love hearing about how backcountry brands get their start.  Today we sit down with Chris Cage, the founder of Greenbelly Meals.  Greenbelly make...
  • Alpen Fuel Article for Outside Bozeman Magazine

    Recently we wrote an article for Southwest Montana's best outdoor publication - Outside Bozeman!  We cover our favorite trail snacks. Read more...