Start Here - Essential Backpacking Knowledge & My Favorite Trips

Isle Royale, MI

A secluded island in the most remote place in the Midwest. Get there by boat or plane and have the wilderness to yourself.

North Manitou Island, MI

Another island in Michigan. 14,000 acres of dunes, abandoned buildings and shipwrecks. 

Rawah Wilderness, CO

Don't go to Rocky Mountain National Park like everyone else. Go to the Rawah Wilderness to get all of the views and none of the crowds.

Beginner Backpacking Advice

Planning your first trip? Check out this massive guide with advice on what you need to know and prepare for before you leave home. This is everything I wish I knew when I started backpacking.

Me in the Rawah Wilderness, Colorado

Why I Created Gear Signal

In 2014 I went backpacking for the first time.  By the next year, the backpacking bug had bitten me.

I went on more and more trips and slowly upgraded almost every single piece of gear.  And I realized how much money I wasted by buying crappy gear. I want to help you avoid making the same mistake I made.

This site will be a complete guide to every piece of gear you need for backpacking and help you make the best buying decision. Never buy another crappy piece of gear.


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