Anyone backpacker unfortunate enough to develop tendonitis in their patella tendon knows the pain of hiking with it. Descending and climbing both result in a surprisingly sharp pain that cuts through the knee and only worsens with each step. Luckily, there is equipment that can ease or even eliminate that pain. The Zamst JK-2 is an excellent option. Patellar … More Backpacking with Patellar tendonitis, Zamst JK-2 Review
I have a lot of people ask me about footprints. The most common question isn’t which to buy or what to make one out of, it’s why do I not carry one. The simple reason? They’re non-sense. Let’s think about this for a bit. Why buy a footprint in the first place? Well, the idea, … More Why you shouldn’t buy a footprint
Frankly, the instant slop that comes out of paper packets is garbage. Flat, tasteless, texture-less and drowned in sugar and preservatives, it lacks the very essence that is oatmeal. Oatmeal should be three dimensional, exciting, tasty, and filling. This is how you can make that happen, easily, in the back-country. First things first, you’re going to … More Backcountry, overnight oatmeal (Midnight Oatmeal)
Getting into backpacking is hard. Not only is gear expensive, there are infinite choices for all the equipment that you’ll need, and everyone has differing opinions on what is best. I’ve devised my recommendations based on years of experience and years of hands on testing. The products you’ll find in this article are what I consider the … More The Best Backpacking Gear For A Budget
The Luxury Map camping mattress from Thermarest is a generously designed self-inflating sleeping pad conceived with one purpose; Pure, unconditional comfort. Designed for front-country adventures, the Luxury Map removes consideration of weight and pack-ability, and instead focuses on the bests possible nights sleep. The large, 3″ x 20″ x 72″ mattress is wrapped in a durable … More Thermarest Luxury Map Review
I spend a lot of time on the trail. Little known fact, I’m a bit of a tenderfoot. That causes problems for me, and finding a sock to suck up the impacts of miles of abuse is difficult. The Comfort Hikers get the job done where nothing else has. A blend of 67% Merino Wool, … More Wigwam Comfort Hiker Socks
Today’s youth is far less connected to the natural world than the generations that preceded them. Largely attributed to the massive amount of digital media and entertainment options available today, much of the youth of the United States simply are not finding a connection with the wild, if they’re getting the opportunity to experience it at … More Every Kid in a park program. Free admission to National Parks for 4th graders.
Big Agnes is known for innovating, and making some of the best, ultralight gear on the market (my personal opinion). 2016 appears to be no different, and I have some details for you. Check back soon, as I’ll be adding more items in the next few days. Fly Creek 2 HV How can you improve … More Big Agnes 2016 Preview. New tents, bags, and Helinox Chairs! *update
A lot of people are talking about 3 and 4 season tents lately. But, what does that really mean? Does it mean a 3 season tent can’t be used in the winter? Is a 4 season tent good for every season? What’s the difference anyway? First, the nomenclature itself is a little misleading. So let’s … More 3 season vs 4 season tent. What’s the difference?
The No Fly Zone Trail Pants from L.L.Bean are lightweight, protective trails pants treated specially to repel bugs and prevent bites. The pants are also abrasion-resistance and stretch where needed to provide mobility. How do they hold up after extensive testing? The No Fly Zone Pants come have a nice, stretchy waist. This provides a … More L.L.Bean No Fly Zone Trail Pants