In part 1 I covered the rules that I consider the most basic; not because they’re always easy but because they can usually be accomplished with a rudimentary understanding of
I’ve said before that I am by no means a professional hiker; I’m just a guy who likes to hike and who has a few things to say about it. And if I’m not a professional hiker,
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been 3 years since this picture was taken in Zion National Park. I was wet, cold, and miserable for most of the day. The cold was due to being wet and insufficiently insulated; the wet was due, in equal
Admittedly, gear isn’t cheap. Like lots of sports, hobbies, and other activities, the initial startup cost can be prohibitive. That being said, there are ways to mitigate some of these costs and still get what you need for a successful trip.
I’ve been an REI member for close to 20 years, and the majority of the gear I’ve purchased during that time has come from them. Tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, stuff sacks, clothes… you name it and I’ve gotten it there.
I received an email from Ursack last month announcing that a petition had been created requesting that the latest Ursack (bear resistant bag) be approved for use
In the “Developing a System” post I discussed the potential impact your choice of bottle could have on things like your water purification method and how accessible your water is while you’re hiking. For years, the traditional choice was the trusty ol’ Nag bottle. In fact, the debate was never Nalgene vs. not-Nalgene, it was usually soft-sided (HDPE) Nalgene vs. Lexan Nalgene. While…
I bought an Arc’Teryx hardshell jacket last year after hours of research and months of consideration. I’ll get into the specifics of why I made that choice (and my thoughts on Arc’Teryx in general) in other articles/reviews, but for now I’m going to talk about an issue I ran into while trying to figure out what I wanted: shopping for…
Weighing the entire contents of ones pack as a whole is nothing new; I recall doing it a few times when I was in the Boy Scouts. Back then, you weren’t trying for the lightest pack, you were trying for the heaviest.