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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.

September 20, 2017

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.

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 31, 2017

Backpacking Gear List

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

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.

July 5, 2017

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt

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.

June 13, 2017

SheJumps

SheJumps is a non-profit dedicated to increasing participation of women and girls in the outdoors. In this Jumper profile, I talk about what the wilderness has done for me.

May 18, 2017

Clothing for two-night spring backpacking trip

Clothing for a typical two-night spring backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.

May 14, 2017

Packing List for 2 Night Backpacking Trip

This is all of my gear for a typical two night backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.

March 22, 2017

Gear upgrades for the 2017 backpacking season

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.