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Amy JurriesAmy Jurries

Amy Jurries is a freelance outdoor and adventure travel writer who loves to explore the outdoors and travel the world. She has over 15 years of experience in commercial writing, covering everything from gear, fitness, and wellness to adventure travel for publications such as Forbes, Red Bull, Outside, Backpacker, and AFAR, among others. She started her own website, The GearCaster, back in 2008, where she still enjoys sharing her experiences and tips with readers who share her passion for outdoor adventure.

When not at her computer, she can usually be found exploring the world on two wheels as she believes it’s the best way to truly experience a place. She’s always looking for new bikepacking destinations to add to her bucket list, so feel free to send your suggestions!


  • Topics of expertise: Biking and bikepacking, climbing, backpacking, adventure travel, and after spending time in Northern England, waterproof gear!
  • Years of experience in these topics: Too many to count…
  • Favorite topic to write about: Human powered adventure and the gear to make it possible.
  • Favorite piece of gear you’ve ever tested: Diamondback Haanjo – it’s taken me all over the world!
  • Favorite travel destinations: Any place that offers a mix of nature and culture, with some of my recent favorite adventures being in Oman, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Education and Experience:

  • Education: BA from St Olaf College, MS from Washington University, MBA from London Business School
  • Certifications: Digital Marketing from London Business School
  • Awards: Top 10 Outdoor Gear Blogs from Outside
  • Other places you write for: Red Bull, Forbes, Outside, Backpacker, AFAR, Paste

About the Writer

  • Location: Newcastle, UK or Boulder, CO
  • Places You’ve Lived or Extensively Traveled: It would be easier to ask where I haven’t been or lived!
  • Preferred Pronouns: She/her

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The Best 4-Person Backpacking Tents for 2023

While there aren’t many reputable four-person backpacking tents out there, the good news is you only need one. Thanks to our research, it should be pretty easy to find the perfect one for your adventurous band of four.