September 16, 2018
Like pretty much everyone who backpacks, I’ve been looking for ways for lighten my load to make the trips I do take less of a toll on my body. Over two years, with the purchase of a few new items and the leaving behind of a few more, I’ve cut a total of 5.5 pounds from my pack weight!
May 28, 2018
This is my typical three-season backpacking gear list, with info about how I use each item.
May 14, 2018
No more pumping or squeezing! Convert a Sawyer Squeeze water filter and let gravity do the work of filtering water for you.
July 22, 2017
I am one of the unlucky souls that mosquitoes love, yet I don’t want that to stop me from being able to go hiking and backpacking. To prepare for trips into areas that are known to have a lot of the biting nuisances, I use a three-step method.
July 5, 2017
Of all of the gear that I’ve purchased since beginning backpacking several years ago, getting the right sleeping bag has been a bit of a struggle.
May 18, 2017
Clothing for a typical two-night spring backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.
May 14, 2017
This is all of my gear for a typical two night backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.
March 22, 2017
I’ve made quite a few gear upgrades since the end of last year’s backpacking season, including a tent, sleeping quilt, rain jacket, insulated puffy, GPS device, and a camera. Beside replacing broken or lost gear, most of these items were upgraded so I could carry less weight while backpacking.
March 22, 2017
If you are looking for a lightweight and inexpensive cookset for camping or backpacking, the Survival Hax Camping Cooking Kit is worth considering. The full kit weighs less than a pound, and everything nests together for ease in carrying in the included stuff sack.
December 2, 2016
All of these gift ideas are from my own personal gear kit, items that I use regularly and highly recommend.