About

Welcome to Gear Up Hiking

My name is Asen, the founder of this website and for me, it’s a pleasure that you are here! Why? Because it means we have one thing in common – we both like hiking! Let me tell you a little about myself.

My Story (At least a small chunk of it…)

I’ve been fortunate enough to be born and raised in Bulgaria – a small country with mesmerizing mountains offering breathtaking views and plenty of hiking paths. It was difficult for me not to fall in love with all the gorgeous nature surrounding me ever since I was a little kid.

Do you remember your first hike?

I certainly do. I was twelve or thirteen years old and it was the summer school vacation. I’ve been waiting for it a long time and I already had some exciting plans with my friends.

We were supposed to play games and hang around free as birds. My parents decided differently though.

The hot as hell August had just started, and I was already dreaming of the sea, the waves, and the fine sand. Shockingly, my mom and dad informed my junior sister and me that in three days we were all going to the Rila Mountains (Bear Grylls shot an episode of his survival show there in 2017) for 20 days.

walking in the woods

That’s me in the middle with my wife Galina and my friend Vilian. These happy faces are from the fresh air.

I felt like my world crumbled because I was already feeling the sea and the fun that we were going to have there with my friends just like in the previous years.

Guess what!

Surprisingly for me, I ended up liking our long journey in the mountains. During our trekking far from the busy world in the city, I saw landscapes that I’ve never imagined existed.

I experienced the true joy and freedom of being deep in the green majestic nature for the first time in my life.

That special feeling never left me and I became a die-hard fan of hiking in nature. Since then I have done thousands of hikes all over the world. Lately, I spent some wonderful time hiking in the Italian Alps and in Georgia, Europe.

Usually, I try to be in the mountains with a bunch of like-minded friends every weekend if the weather allows it.

Why I Started This Website and How It Would Be Beneficial To You

I have to admit that in the beginning, I’ve been careless about my gear. I didn’t pay much attention to what shoes I was wearing or what kind of backpack I needed. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized that no matter where you hike having good gear is not a luxury or a pompous wish but a necessity.

Moreover, it can save your life in some circumstances and that is something everyone with enough knowledge would confirm.

me in rhodope mountains

Hooray, I can still stand on my feet after walking for 20 miles today!

Being a skillful hiker with more than fifteen years of experience, I know the importance of having a good hiking backpack. In fact, it’s not only about good or bad backpack but about the right one, appropriate for the type of a hike one wants to go to.

Since I have tested hundreds of backpacks (and I own a good number of them), I decided to start Gear Up Hiking and help other people around the world who just like me love hiking and need a solid rucksack.

But how do you chose one given the fact that there are thousands of them all over the internet?

My goal with this website is to share my experience by providing you with unbiased Reviews of Hiking Backpacks as well as Tips and Advice on the topic that I hope you’ll find useful. Also, some of the pictures on this website are mine, taken on my numerous trips in nature. I urge to say that I am not a professional photographer so don’t judge me too harshly.

What You Need To Know About The Product Reviews

I write all hiking backpack reviews you’ll read here. They are based on both my personal experience with a given backpack and on extensive research that I do diligently.

I always try to deliver honest and objective reviews of the most popular brands you can find online. Here’s how:

  • I don’t concentrate only on specifications but on benefits and disadvantages
  • I won’t spare you the truth – if a backpack is worthless, I will tell you. If it’s too expensive for its quality, I will tell you too.
  • I dive into the sea of information online and I research like a maniac so you don’t have to.
  • Being an avid hiker, it’s easy for me to put myself in your shoes and understand your needs.
  • I constantly communicate with other hikers and backpack owners who happily share their experience with a specific product. This results in an even more comprehensive, straightforward, and trustworthy review.

Finally, you can order most of the backpacks I describe on Amazon. Why do I like Amazon? Because it’s the world’s most valuable and reliable retailer. Ordering is easy, and the delivery is fast and cheap, especially if you have Amazon Prime.

Affiliate Disclosure

Some articles contain affiliate links. That means if you click on an external link and purchase a product I will most probably receive a small commission. This is at no extra cost for you and it doesn’t affect my judgment. It allows me to maintain this website. If that’s the case, thank you from the bottom of my heart! Check out more info here.

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I wish you plenty of unforgettable moments in nature! Be safe and have fun!

“Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

Asen, Founder of Gearuphiking.com