Mastering Ultralight Backpacking: Tips for the Adventurous Minimalist

The very first time I went backpacking was basically a disaster - I understood very little about the importance of a good pack, careful planning, or anything related to being a minimalist in the outdoors. For that trip, we packed up what was essentially a duffel bag with backpack straps and hit the trail - honestly would not recommend it.

The All-New GALLAGATOR Series

The newly updated GALLAGATOR Series has something for everyone with fresh colors, lightweight recycled materials, pocketed shoulder pads, and four sizes to choose from. The naming of the GALLAGATOR pack was driven by a deliberate intent, aiming for a balance between the inherent fun of the name, rich local history, and its practical application in activities such as hiking, biking, and day trips.

Hunting as a Family Legacy: Connecting with Nature in the Mountains of Hawaii

The crisp air chills as I stand high upon the slopes of Mauna Loa, looking down toward the ocean, you can barely make out where the ocean and sky meet. An Erckle Franklin chuckles in the distance, as I stand against the backdrop of a fiery sunrise. This scene, etched into my memory, embodies the essence of hunting – a tradition passed down through my family for generations. My connection to this pursuit, fueled by the passion of my great-grandfather and nurtured by my father’s father and then to my father, transcends the mere act of harvesting game. It's a legacy built on respect for nature, the thrill of the hunt, and the satisfaction of self-reliance.

How To Be a Responsible User While Climbing

It’s that time of year again when rock climbers rejoice. The snow is melting, the sun is growing higher in the sky and the temperatures are rising, ever so slowly. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been training in the climbing gym all winter or if you've put climbing on the back burner for a few months, we all can agree that heading outside to your favorite crag with a couple of friends is a great way to grow your climbing skills as well as disconnect from the routine of life.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

This Father's Day, forget ties and socks - it's time to treat the most important man in your life to gear that matches his adventurous spirit. At MYSTERY RANCH, we know dads come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share one thing in common: a thirst for excitement and a love of the great outdoors.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's time to find the perfect gift for the woman who gave you life and taught you how to tie your shoes. Look no further than MYSTERY RANCH's range of durable, high-quality packs and gear.

Spring 2024 Drops

Spring calls for lightweight agility, and MYSTERY RANCH, renowned for our top-tier, load-bearing packs and gear, now introduces a new era of lightweight precision. Crafted for the most discerning adventurers, our latest line ensures you no longer have to choose between lightness and comfort.

Packing for a Girls-Only Backpacking Sheep Hunt with Rachel Ahtila.

Give a girl a pair of boots, and she can conquer the world… but first let’s pack her bags!

Beyond the Pages: MYSTERY RANCH Ambassador John Huston Relives Amundsen’s Epic Expedition

In 2005, MYSTERY RANCH Brand Ambassador, John Huston, got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity--recreating Roald Amundsen's 1911 expedition to the South Pole. John provides a reflection on the trip that remains a cherished highlight for him almost two decades later.

Backcountry Safety and Communications Part 2: Mission Planning and Decision Making

In Part 1 of this two-part series on backcountry safety, published by MYSTERY RANCH in January, we discussed the importance of making a basic trip plan and a communication contingency plan. Here we are going to get into mission planning and decision-making practices to keep your trip on track and in control even if things go awry.