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May 28, 2018

Backpacking Gear List

This is my typical three-season backpacking gear list, with info about how I use each item.

May 14, 2018

DIY Sawyer Squeeze gravity filter system

No more pumping or squeezing! Convert a Sawyer Squeeze water filter and let gravity do the work of filtering water for you.

May 1, 2018

backpacking recipe: almond berry oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is easy enough to make, but doesn’t keep me fueled for very long, so I add almonds, hemp seeds and milk powder for protein and freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries for flavor.

March 19, 2018

backpacking recipe: Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is one of my favorite Italian meals that I make at home. I adapted the recipe to make it work using dehydrated and freeze-dried ingredients, and it’s now my favorite backpacking meal.

March 19, 2018

My backpacking food plan

At home, I don’t have any problem eating enough, but when I’ve been exerting a lot, especially during prime alpine backpacking season when it’s hot and my energy is easily depleted, I have a hard time wanting to eat on backpacking trips. And I’m a picky eater, so that makes it even harder!

February 18, 2018

A short story about snow camping

You’ve been snow camping before and liked it so you want to go again. But this time, to a bigger mountain that you’ve never seen up-close in the winter.

January 2, 2018

2017 Adventure Recap

2017 was a year full of amazing camping, hiking and backpacking adventures. A few firsts included visits to Yosemite and the North Cascades, my first solo hike, most elevation gain on a day hike, camping  on a beach, and not one but two(!) falls that injured my right knee. Here are highlights from each of my trips.

September 25, 2017

Discovering Wilderness While Kayaking on the Willamette River 

This is an article I wrote for Visit Corvallis about my first time kayaking on the Willamette River.

August 19, 2017

Five Scenic Hikes on the Oregon Coast

The five hikes listed here are my favorites on the Oregon Coast, including trails to secluded beaches, through coastal rainforests, to summits with panoramic views, and along the coastline with tidepools, spouting horns, and if you are lucky, views of migrating whales.

July 22, 2017

How to Prepare for Mosquitoes on Hiking & Backpacking Trips

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.