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September 16, 2018

How to lighten the load of your backpack

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

Backpacking Gear List

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

May 15, 2018

backpacking recipe: Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Instant mashed potatoes are an easy to make meal for backpacking. No cooking on the stove is required, so this recipe is great for those who just want to add boiling water to a meal and will be ready to eat in 10 minutes or less.

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.