Backpack Camping Gear List

Backpack Camping Gear List

A basic backpacking list. I can use this list to stay under 20 lbs and backpack for a week at a time. Many people prefer more than this, and some prefer less. Personal Backpacking Gear Backpack 50-60 liters* 2-3 upper body layers 1 windproof waterproof jacket 2 lower...
Mountain Hardwear Gear They Need To Bring Back

Mountain Hardwear Gear They Need To Bring Back

Mountain Hardwear is one of the most elite companies in the outdoor industry.  They sponsor numerous world class athletes and have always made some of the best gear in the industry.  However, even as they progress into new markets, new fashions and new designs, there...
Vibram Five Fingers Review

Vibram Five Fingers Review

Backstory In 2007 I sprained my ankle backpacking in the Sawtooths. In 2008 I sprained my ankle hiking in the Robber’s Roost. The next year I sprained my ankle hiking in The Spur. Ankle injuries were a yearly occurrence. Many people wouldn’t recognize me without the...
Chaco Z/2 Review

Chaco Z/2 Review

Backstory I started working in 2005 at an outdoor recreation store. One of the hottest items we carried was a funky looking sandal called Chaco’s. Everyone in the store swore by them.  The owner couldn’t get me into a pair fast enough. It wasn’t long before I learned...
Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

The first thing I learned, as a scout, is how to be as annoying as possible in the outdoors. This is something that I outgrew, as I become older. The second thing that I learned was that sleeping bags don’t really keep you warm at the temperature as advertised. Flash...
Make Your Own Footprint

Make Your Own Footprint

I have never been fond of tent footprints. I hardly ever use them and I definitely don’t pay $30 for them. However, if you must have a footprint, but don’t want to dip into your children’s college fund to buy one, there is a way to make one for cheap. All you need is...