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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.

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.

May 18, 2017

Clothing for two-night spring backpacking trip

Clothing for a typical two-night spring 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.

March 22, 2017

Review: Survival Hax Camping Cooking Kit

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

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 20 items under $25 for Hikers and Backpackers

All of these gift ideas are from my own personal gear kit, items that I use regularly and highly recommend.

November 19, 2016

How to Help to Protect Wilderness Areas: 10 Organizations to Consider Supporting

Make a positive difference: support non-profit environmental and trail-related organizations that are doing important work to help protect wilderness areas.