Linville Gorge Wilderness

Tips For Planning Your Next Camping Road Trip.

I’m always whittling away at that ever expanding bucket list. Thing is, it’s getting longer faster than it’s getting shorter. The locations to explore far outweigh the amount of time most of us actually have available to travel to them. For this reason, I’ve put together some tips to maximize the use of that time, while enhancing…

High Sierra karadon 40 (9)

High Sierra Karadon 40 Backpack Review

The High Sierra Karadon 40 L backpack is a mid sized overnight pack that’s jammed with features, including a full internal suspension, an easily adjustable torso, removable/washable hip and shoulder pads, and an included rain cover. It’s sized to be fast, light and it’s built to be robust and rugged. I’ve put this pack to the…

Copper Spur HV 2 (2017)

Big Agnes 2017 Tents Preview

Always innovating, in 2017 Big Agnes is planning to bring further improvements to some of their legendary designs while also introducing several new and unique shelters to their ever growing line. Here is a preview of some of my favorites. The Copper Spur HV 2 A long standing favorite of mine, the Copper Spur 2 is…

Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 (2017)

2017 Sierra Designs Tents Preview

Not to disappoint, Sierra Designs will be bringing more innovation and clever designs to the table for 2017. New offers will include a light weight budget tent, reinvigorated classics and the all new High Route solo shelter designed by Andrew Skurka himself. The new shelters all provide something new and innovative, something Sierra Designs has…

gregory Zulu 65 review

Gregory Zulu 65 Backpack Review

The Gregory Zulu 65 is designed to be a backpack that’s usable year round. It’s robust and stable enough for heavy winter loads, yet well enough ventilated and protected for fast and light summer trips. As a bonus, it even includes a smaller pack hidden inside for basecamp hiking. The Zulu 65 is built around a lightweight,…

2017 MSR Remote 2

MSR 2017 Preview (Tents, Stoves and More)

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for MSR as they’re debuting a new line of alpine grade tents, a successor to the longstanding classic stove, the Pocket Rocket, and even new tent stakes, filters and cookware. Here is a preview of some of what you can expect. The Pocket Rocket 2 Riding…

Montbell Thunderdome 2

Montbell Thunderdome 2 Review

Redesigned for 2016, the Montbell Thunderdome 2 tent has been created from the ground up to offer an uncompromising living experience for campers who demand more internal space, a luxurious floor plan and a palace like ceiling. I’ve been lucky enough to give it a vigorous shake down, and these are my thoughts. The Thunderdome 2 is built around…

MSR Windburner Skillet

MSR Windburner Skillet Review

Bacon, eggs, hash browns, all delusions of the hungry backpacker while munching on cold granola and instant oats, tears added for a bit of flavor. That is, until they discover the lightweight MSR Windburner Skillet, perfect for expanding possible dining options on the trail. Designed to work in conjunction with the MSR Windburner stove (review…

Backpacking snacks

Backpacking Snacks: Reviewed

Keeping energized on the trail can be difficult. In order to perform your best you’ll need high quality, high density snacks that provide lots of energy per ounce. I’ve tried a variety of snacks from Clif, GU, Amazing Grass, Honey Stinger and Scratch. This is what I thought. Honey Stinger: Nuts, Seeds and Roasted Serrano…