Best Ultralight Headlamp for Backpacking

Finding the best ultralight headlamp for backpacking is no easy task. When looking for several headlamps over the years, I have been amazed by the sheer amount of different lighting options out there. Deciding the right headlamp depends on many factors that will be based on your preferences. Rechargeable or Disposable Batteries? Over the lastRead More

Trans Catalina Trail – An Experiment in Stupid Light.

Trans Catalina Trail is a definitely a bucket list trail. It meets plenty of check boxes. It has beautiful scenery, easily accessible, and short at 40 miles. For me, it was a perfect summer trip because I live 10 minutes from the boat that takes you there. This trip is logistically difficult because you haveRead More

Top 5 Tips for 2019 Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers

Thru Hiker season on the Appalachian Trail has begun with more and more people setting off every day. If it’s your first time here, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and these are some of the top tips I learned and think you would find useful. 5. Listen to your body This mayRead More

Melanzana Microgrid Hoodie Review: What’s with the hype?

Melanzana is a company based out of Leadville, Colorado. They are most well known for their lack of available stock and of course, microgrid hoodie. The company is struggling to keep up with demand as popularity soars around their products specifically the Melanzana Microgrid Hoodie. I had the chance to get my hands on oneRead More

Dealing with Post Hike Depression and Life After the Trail.

You finished, touched that sign on Katahdin or maybe a different landmark to symbolize the end of your thru hike. Thousands of miles walking through states, seasons, rain and more than can ever be summed up in a few words. You felt emotions you didn’t even know you had and yet you felt nothing afterwards.Read More

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Review

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core

There are sleeping pads that weigh everywhere from a few ounces to a few pounds. When I got into backpacking I thought it would be worthwhile to get a thick inflatable pad that would be puncture resistant and very comfortable. The pad I initially bought was the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core. Today that padRead More

Guide to No Cook Backpacking

If you’ve been backpacking for a while then you likely know what your favorite back country foods are. Some of you probably aren’t amazed with any of the food you cooked while you have been out there. That is the same category that I fell into. I always cooked for dinner, if it was KnorrRead More

2017 Appalachian Trail Gear List

Appalachian Trail Gear

You might be planning an upcoming thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. If you are then I imagine that your gear is one of the things that you are probably busy planning. When I was planning my trip I enjoyed seeing detailed gear lists of past hikers. The list below is my Appalachian Trail gearRead More

Altra King MT Review | 500 Miles

King MT

Hiking in adverse conditions means that you need trail runners with a solid tread and quick drying. I looked at the Altra King MT’s one day and thought these would be the perfect shoe for me on the Appalachian Trail. I bought a pair of them and hiked with them for 500 miles and thenRead More