Entries by Frugal Backpacker

3 Fantastic Spring Picnics

Sunny spring days have us in the mood for some outside time. And when we say “outside time” we’re not talking about a quick lunch break or a short hike, we mean a full on day of frolicking, relaxing, and picnicking in the great outdoors. Here are 3 of our picks for spring picnic adventures. […]

Crew Picks for Mom

Is there anything more elusive than a perfect Mother’s Day gift? Your mom is a pretty special lady, so you want something that celebrates her unique brand of awesomeness. But you also want a gift that’s practical enough that she’ll actually use it. Never fear, our team of gear experts has gotten pretty good at […]

3 Great Upstate Spots to Hit the Water

The sunny days and balmy temps that we’ve been enjoying this month have us itching for a relaxing day on the water. Fortunately, the Greenville area is full of beautiful lakes, rivers, and even has a fantastic blueway. Here are three of our favorite spots for paddling in the upstate. Lake Jocassee Location: Oconee County. Why […]

9 Earth Friendly Outdoor Products

As outdoor lovers, we want products that both perform and take care of the earth. Here are nine of Frugal Crew Member, Mac’s favorite outdoor products with serious green credibility. Sun Bum Sunscreen Sun Bum Sunscreen is one of the best natural sunscreens on the market. It is free of a lot of harmful chemicals […]

Pollinator Friendly Gardening Tips

Why Plant for Pollinators? In recent years due to high levels of pesticides many bees have become endangered, all are at risk. Many estimate bees have plummeted by upwards of 30%, others say it is much higher. You can take action in your own backyard by planting items that bees are likely to visit. Bees […]

Frugal Finds for Spring Training

Sunny days and late sunsets make for epic long runs. If your time outdoors has you ready to train for your next 5k or maybe bust into ultra territory, we’ve got the gear you need at frugal prices. Check out our top picks below, and stop by to shop our awesome selection of running shoes, […]

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Picking the Right Hiking Shoe

If you’ve looked for hiking footwear recently, no doubt you’ve noticed a dizzying array of options. Here’s a quick guide to finding the right shoe for your foot in five easy steps. Which shoe type fits your terrain and hiking style? Trail Runner – Heavier than a road running shoe, but still can be light […]

Favorite Hikes: The Chimneys

Not to be confused with Chimney Rock State Park, these Chimneys sit on the edge of Linville Gorge.  Starting at the Table Rock Picnic Area, you’ll follow the white blazed Mountains to Sea Trail to the south (on the left side of the parking lot).  You’ll find beautiful 360-degree views as you walk along the […]

Frugal Finds for Family Time

How are you planning on enjoying this gorgeous spring weather? If family bonding in the outdoors is high on your list, our frugal finds for family fun will make for an unforgettable day! 1- Patagonia Kid’s Interstate Hat – MSRP: $25.00 Frugal: $20.00 These adorable hats will keep the sun out of their eyes and their manes […]

Favorite Hikes: Falls Creek Falls

Tucked away in Marietta, SC at Jones Gap State Park, is an immensely beautiful 125′ waterfall, Falls Creek Falls. The 1.7 mile out and back hike is strenuous as it ascends approximately 600 feet with a few flat stretches thrown in the mix. But it is worth every bit of effort.  This moderately hiked trail is […]