Entries by Frugal Backpacker

Backcountry Cookery

One thing we’ve found to be almost invariably true is that outdoors people love food. Food is, after all, one of life’s little pleasures, and is rarely appreciated more than when you can dig into a hot and satisfying meal around a campfire, after a hard day of hiking. But when it comes to backcountry […]

What Are Samples, Anyway?

Short Answer: Samples are current season items from top brands that we make available below MSRP. But seriously, where do they come from? Producing high quality clothing is an involved process. About a year before you see items hit stores, top brands have already designed their lines and received finished samples of the final line. […]

Favorite Hikes: Craggy Gardens

If you want the reward of a beautiful view without an arduous hike, look no further than Craggy Gardens. A short 1.4 mile hike provides you with postcard perfect 365 degree mountain views. The views are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset (don’t forget your headlamp). In addition to great views, the high elevation allows […]

Outdoor Safety Basics

We truly live in an outdoor paradise. WNC offers hundreds of beautiful hiking trails and breathtaking overlooks. But to make the most out of your adventure, it’s vital to be well prepared and think about a few essentials for a rewarding (and safe) experience. Water Always bring along enough water for your hike. An average […]

Win Tickets to Teatro del Gusto at the Orange Peel, July 24th

{{ ENTER HERE }} The Orange Peel and the creators of ABSfest return for the 3rd annual Teatro del Gusto, a uniquely Asheville performance celebrating circus cabaret, local food, and live music. Enjoy a delicious evening — complete with complimentary dessert at intermission — of comedy, acrobatics, aerial artists, juggling, live music, and a splash […]

Frugal Finds for Fathers Under $30

We’ve entered the final countdown to Fathers Day 2016. Here’s our team’s top picks for last minute gifts under $30. Of course, gift cards are another great option. You can get them in any amount and they never expire. We’ve recently changed our hours. Come see us 10:00am-7:00pm Monday-Saturday or 10:00am-6:00pm on Sunday. Hydro Flask […]

Backpacking Basics: How to Fit a Pack

Western North Carolina is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Gorgeous views, rugged terrain, and temperate weather make it ideal for a variety of outdoor pursuits, including backpacking. However, nothing ruins an adventure as quickly as an ill-fitting pack. A poor fitting pack can lead to a host of issues ranging from inconvenient to serious. Such problems as […]

Win Tickets to the Kruger Brothers in Asheville

Orange Peel Events welcomes the Kruger Brothers to the Sanctuary at Central Methodist Church (27 Church St in Downtown Asheville) on Friday, June 24, at 8pm. Frugal Backpacker is giving away a pair of tickets to see the bluegrass/folk/classical ensemble, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wild South, a wonderful regional non-profit that works […]

NPO 100 Great Smoky Mtns

We’re celebrating National Parks Week from April 16-24. The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates an important milestone this year: 100 years of the National Park Service Organic Act. Today, the NPS manages 401 park units and attendance hit a peak last year. While we’ve got easy access to two of the most visited units – […]