Category Archive: Backpacking

The Deuce of Spades In Use

Deuce of Spades Trowel Review

The Deuce of Spades – the lightest toilet hole digger you could possibly find. But is it worth taking with you on the trail? The simple trowel seems so simple yet some of the most heated debates I’ve heard between backpackers have been centred on this simple item and if it has a home in their […]

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Outdoor Research Radar Rain Cap

Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap Review

I was recently shown the Outdoor Research Helium Radar Rain Cap and was immediately intrigued. The Helium line by Outdoor Research is their best selling rain gear line and includes my favorite rain shell – the Helium II – so the addition of a cool hat using similar technology got me excited. Need a super […]

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Epic Energy Bars

Epic Energy Bar Review

Epic Energy Bars intrigued me.  If you haven’t heard of them they are essentially a “premium meat snack” that is packaged like an energy bar. They come in three flavors: lamb currant mint, turkey almond cranberry, and bison bacon cranberry.  After seeing them on the shelves of REI for a while I decided to take the […]

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Cheap Spring Gear Upgrades

Its that time of year when you pull out the gear you haven’t used in a while and start to get excited about spring and summer activities. Washing, re-waterproofing, cleaning, and repairing are all top of mind.  One small upgrade many people forget about is their trekking pole tips.

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Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock

Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock Review

Lets get this out of the way first: I love hammocks.  Taking off your hiking boots and kicking back in a hammock after a long hike is the epitome of backcountry luxury in my mind.  I’ve been overnighting in hammocks, when the terrain allows, since 2004 but I’ve never used a “fancy” hammock.  Up until now I’ve […]

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Harmony Valley Camp Cuisine Powdered Hummus Mix

Harmony Valley Camp Cuisine Powdered Hummus Mix Review

One of my favorite day hike snacks is the little single serving package of hummus and pretzels.  I can’t think of a better snack to get me back in the game when I’m dragging.  Unfortunately hummus doesn’t keep very well on the trail – not only does it go bad but due to the high […]

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Jetboil Coffee Press Review

There are many ways to make coffee in the backcountry.  A simple brew of cowboy coffee gets caffeine in your system just as well as a complicated contraption that creates a shot of backcountry espresso. The Jetboil Coffee Press lies more on the simplistic side of the spectrum and with it you can produce a […]

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Tenkara USA Sato Setup

Is Tenkara for you?

Over the weekend I caught my first fish ever using a fly – I’m hooked (see what I did there?). Not only was it my first fish but I caught it using a relatively unknown style of fly fishing called Tenkara. The possibilities this unique style of fly fishing present have me even more excited […]

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How to hang your Jetboil

One of the biggest hidden benefits of an integrated stove system, like a Jetboil, is its ability to be used inside a tent.  Most people rarely do this since it seems so risky, but, if you set it up right there is no need to venture out of your sleeping bag and into a blizzard just […]

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Black Diamond Equipment Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Pole Review

The Ultra Distance trekking pole from Black Diamond Equipment is (as with all Black Diamond gear) an excellent piece of hardware. The lightweight design of these specific trekking poles is what makes them stand out from the pack and what peaked my interest around them. Through a combination of carbon fiber construction and Black Diamond’s Z-Pole […]

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