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Topic: Gear

July 22, 2017

How to Prepare for Mosquitoes on Hiking & Backpacking Trips

I am one of the unlucky souls that mosquitoes love, yet I don’t want that to stop me from being able to go hiking and backpacking. To prepare for trips into areas that are known to have a lot of the biting nuisances, I use a three-step method.

July 5, 2017

Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation Quilt

Of all of the gear that I’ve purchased since beginning backpacking several years ago, getting the right sleeping bag has been a bit of a struggle.

June 15, 2017

Backpacking Gear List

This is my typical three-season backpacking gear list.

May 18, 2017

Clothing for two-night spring backpacking trip

Clothing for a typical two-night spring backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.

May 14, 2017

Packing List for 2 Night Backpacking Trip

This is all of my gear for a typical two night backpacking trip in the Pacific Northwest.

March 22, 2017

Gear upgrades for the 2017 backpacking season

I’ve made quite a few gear upgrades since the end of last year’s backpacking season, including a tent, sleeping quilt, rain jacket, insulated puffy, GPS device, and a camera. Beside replacing broken or lost gear, most of these items were upgraded so I could carry less weight while backpacking.

March 22, 2017

Review: Survival Hax Camping Cooking Kit

If you are looking for a lightweight and inexpensive cookset for camping or backpacking, the Survival Hax Camping Cooking Kit is worth considering. The full kit weighs less than a pound, and everything nests together for ease in carrying in the included stuff sack.

December 2, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: 20 items under $25 for Hikers and Backpackers

All of these gift ideas are from my own personal gear kit, items that I use regularly and highly recommend.

October 12, 2016

KATU Afternoon Live segment

I was recently on KATU’s Afternoon Live show to talk about backpacking gear.

June 4, 2016

Review: Alps Mountaineering Ultra-Light Air Pad

I tested this sleeping pad on a one-night backpacking trip to Siouxon Creek in May.