Entries by Frugal Backpacker

Favorite Hikes: Pink Beds

If a relatively easy hike that still offers some distance and stunning views of rare flora sounds like your perfect afternoon, you’ve gotta check out the Pink Beds Loop hike in Pisgah. Named after the rare pink swamp lily, this fun and relaxing loop wanders around the bottom of a unique valley with rare mountain bog […]

Nearly 50% Off Kelty Tents

FLASH SALE: Save big on the Kelty Gunnison family of tents on Friday, May 5! For a limited time, score the Kelty Gunnison 1.3, 2.3, 3.3, or 4.3 for nearly 50% off MSRP. The Kelty Gunnison family of tents offer ample space and great design that perform like a champ in the backcountry or while car camping. […]

Win a Kelty Pack + Hiking Poles

We hear people like free stuff so we’re giving away more of it this year! Make sure you’re signed up for our super duper fly emails to make sure you don’t miss any contests. Kelty was one of the first companies to produce an external-frame backpack designed specifically for civilian use, inventing the aluminum-framed backpack […]

WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge

We’ve partnered with our friends at Asheville Trails and Diamond Brand Outdoors for the WNC Trail Triple Crown Challenge. Visit Frugal Backpacker or any Diamond Brand Outdoors location to check out the awesome new Asheville Trails kiosks with dozens of local trails. We believe the outdoors are for everyone of all abilities, so you’ll find lots of good stuff at […]

Favorite Hikes: John Rock

The unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing in WNC this winter has us jonesing for a day on the trail. One of our favorite spots for a long-ish hike with a serious payoff at the end is John Rock. This fairly steep hike to the upper slab of John Rock climaxes in fantastic views, including […]

Winter Hiking in the North Carolina Mountains

It may be a little hard to imagine layering up for a winter hike with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve seen over the past few weeks, but a chilly trek with friends is one of my favorite activities during the season of staying inside. When a sunny day shines down between bouts of frosty mornings […]

Favorite Hikes: Mount Pisgah

We’re all too familiar with the winter challenge of trying to squeeze in a quick after-work hike, before the sun sets. That’s why we’re always happy to find a hike, like Mount Pisgah, that’s enjoyable but relatively close to town. A 3 mile round trip hike to the top of Mount Pisgah provides breathtaking scenery just 30 […]

Thanks for Donating Over 200 Coats

Thanks for helping us collect over 200 coats for Eblen Charities. As the lowest temperatures of winter hit the mountains, they’ll make sure they make it to those in our community who need them the most. During November and December, we joined with Diamond Brand Outdoors and our customers to collect coats, hats, and gloves for the […]

Crew Essentials: Top Outdoor Gifts for Campers

Camden’s a crew member here at Frugal Backpacker. He shares his top gift ideas for your favorite outdoor enthusiasts. My favorite hike is Alum Cave in the Smokies. I love it because I helped build that trail and that view is my favorite ever. Kelty Bestie Blanket Very light weight, very warm, and easy to clean, this makes a […]