Exo Journal — Fitness & Nutrition

Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

Boring Backpack Foods & The Importance of Variety Over Perfection

It isn't enough to have the right amount of calories or the perfect macros for your next backpack hunt. If you fail to consider the psychological impact of food, you will be vulnerable to a problem where we have the calories we need in our packs, but can’t actually consume the foods as we should. Let's fix that...

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Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

Safe Packout Practices — Minimize Risk & Injury with Heavy Packs

The hunt was a success. But now you are miles from your vehicle with more than a 100lbs, or maybe several-hundred pounds, to pack out. With heavy packs and difficult terrain, there is a lot of work ahead. Let’s discuss a few safe pack out practices to follow, which can minimize the risk of injury when coming out heavy…

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Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Plan for Performance in the Backcountry

Anyone going on a backpack hunt does some level of planning and preparation. Most hunters do some hiking, practice with their weapon, pack some gear, grab some food and go hunt. That’s general planning and preparation. It’s average. But if you want to have the best experience possible, you need to plan for performance. Here are some tips to get you started...

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Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Backpack Hunting & The Truth About Going in Deep

Many hunters love the idea of hiking deep in the wilderness to experience a hunt of their dreams. But you don't have to pack-in 10+ miles deep into the backcountry to find success, or to experience and adventurous backpack hunt. Let's consider the reality of packing-in deep...

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Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

Life-Changing Lessons from The Exo Death Hike

The phrase “life changing” is cliché, but that is the only way I know how to describe what it has been like to participate in the Exo Death Hike over the years. If I had not participated in these events, I would not be the man that I am today. Here are the 6 biggest lessons I have learned in 6 Death Hikes...

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5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

5 Reasons You Can't Kill An Elk With Your Bow

With success rates for common public land archery hunts hovering around 10%, bowhunting elk is a pursuit that is not for the faint of heart or the half-committed hunter. Here are 5 tips to help you become a part of the successful 10%, and not among the other 90% of elk hunters that don't fill a tag...

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5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

5 Low-Cost, High-Energy Foods for Backpacking and Hunting

Consider ditching the expensive, pre-packaged performance foods and using your own creations to easily (and cheaply!) fuel for backpack hunts. Here are five high-energy foods that are absolute rocket fuel on the mountain. The best part is, you likely have all of the ingredients already.

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5 Exercises to Train for Backcountry Hunting

5 Exercises to Train for Backcountry Hunting

If you want to effectively train for backcountry hunting in mountainous terrain, you need to train specifically for the demands of that pursuit. You are not a runner training for a marathon. You are not a powerlifter training to raise your lift total. You are not a Crossfitter training for a score. You are not a bodybuilder training to sculpt an aesthetic physique. You are a hunter, and you should be training to hunt more effectively.

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Food Is Fuel — Sustained Energy for the Backcountry Hunter

Food Is Fuel — Sustained Energy for the Backcountry Hunter

You’ve trained all year, did all your research, drew your tag, and have the latest gear — it’s finally time to leave civilization behind for that backcountry hunt.  As you strap your pack on at the trail head you’ve got just enough food provisions to last for the duration of your hunt.  How much thought did you put into what you packed to fuel your body during this rigorous and non-stop adventure?  Did you just order the run of mill freeze dried backpacking meal and call it good, or did you actually consider what your body needs for a week...

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Become More Fit In Less Time — Interval Training for Hunters

Become More Fit In Less Time — Interval Training for Hunters

In this article my goal is to share some of the interval training that I employ on my athletes and give you some options to choose from when preparing your body for demands of your upcoming hunting season. The basic logic behind interval training is that it offers big dividends in a short amount of time. You’re giving up volume for intensity, or simply put — you’re exerting more effort in less time. Since all of us have to make sacrifices to train, this interval option bodes well, because you can literally suffer for a few minutes and make significant...

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