January 2, 2018
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
This is an article I wrote for Visit Corvallis about my first time kayaking on the Willamette River.
August 19, 2017
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
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.
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.
November 19, 2016
Make a positive difference: support non-profit environmental and trail-related organizations that are doing important work to help protect wilderness areas.