Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Review

The Fly Creek HV 2 takes the long standing ultralight design of the original Fly Creek UL and tweaks it in a way that improves the living space dramatically without adding any additional weight. Is it possible to improve on an already legendary design? My review. The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV 2 is similar in style…

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…

REI Arete ASL 2 Review

The REI Arete 2 falls somewhere between a 4 season mountaineering tent, and a light weight backpacking tent. Beefed up enough to handle high winds and light snow, but light enough to be carried year round it hopes to fill the void that so many backpackers are searching for. Does it work? Borrowing from both…

SlingFin 2Lite

Slingfin 2Lite Backpacking Tent Review

Slingfin is new to the backpacking scene, but it’s designer is not. Martin Zemitis has been in the industry 33 years now, working with other industry leaders to design their gear. Now, he’s free to produce his own designs. The 2Lite tent is one of the results of that freedom. The 2Lite comes in two…

Nemo Dagger 2P Tent Review

The Dagger 2P from Nemo is aimed directly at the lightweight, but roomy backpacking tent market. Aggressive material selection and light modification to a tried and true pole design produces a large, spacious tent for under 4 pounds. But how does it perform? The Dagger weighs in at a trail weight of 3 lb 12…

Mans Best Friend. Tips for hiking with your dog.

I’m am always happy to see how many people hit the trials with their closest companion, their dog. Dogs are a great hiking partner. They go wherever you go, and they are always close by your side. They won’t bail on you when the weather gets rough, and they’ll never nag you about that wrong…

Stone Mountain, Nc

This past weekend, myself and a few of my friends set out on a 2 night camping trip to Stone Mountain, North Carolina. This park offers it all. Vistas, rock formations, stream crossings, cascades, waterfalls, wildlife, and much more. Instead of the heavy drumming of pack laden feet, I decided it was time for a…

Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Review

Big Agnes decided to try something completely new on this one; Build a  tent with no zippers. This makes a lot of sense considering the zipper is usually the first point of failure on a tent. They get constant wear, and most people don’t clean them at all properly. Also, zippers are noisy, bulky, get…

Winter Camping

Waking up to the frosted peaks of the Smokey Mountains has always been an enjoyable experience for me. Seeing the mountains capped in snow instead of green foliage is mesmerizing an excites the mind. It’s as if it’s a new world, but built upon the shoulders of the world that you’re used to. After the leaves drop…