Category Archive: Fishing


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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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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Final Gear Check

What to expect when guiding a trip

When it’s up to you to plan a trip, coordinate a group of people, and finally lead that group into the great unknown a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders – in fact all of it is.  The success or failure of a trip and the joy others get out of the experience depends […]

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Trailblazer Sawvivor Saw

Trailblazer Sawvivor Collapsible Saw Review

While not a new product the Trailblazer Sawvivor collapsible saw is an item that very few people seem to know about.  It is hands down my favorite way to process wood in the backcountry – either for trail building or for a campfire.  Its extremely lightweight design coupled with incredible usability and a low cost […]

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10 Essentials

My 10 Essentials

The Ten Essentials that we all know and love were originally laid out by The Mountaineers (an organization from my hometown of Seattle, WA) during the 1930’s and published in their classic work Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. The original Ten Essentials weren’t updated until 2003 when the following list was published in an updated version […]

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Hummingbird Hammock Single Person Hammock

Hummingbird Hammock Single Person Hammock Review

The Hummingbird Hammock Single Person Hammock was originally a Kickstarter project that I’ve been following with anticipation for a while.  Recently they began taking orders on their website and I handed over my credit card with great anticipation.  The reason for my excitement is that the Hummingbird Hammock Single Person Hammock is made out of very lightweight […]

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3 Favorite Things

My 3 favorite peices of gear

I’m not talking the three most useful or the three most innovative.  I’m about to tell you the three items that make me chuckle to myself when I use them.  The items that bring me the most pleasure in the backcountry.  Read on to find out what they are and why they are my favorites!

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The often overlooked benifits of a simple baseball cap

Look around a group of mountain guides and you will notice something.  Its rare to see a majority of them wearing beanies.  Instead, baseball caps dominate.  Look at river guides and what do you see on their heads? Baseball caps.  What about people leading kayak trips? Or Grand Canyon excursions? Again, they are rocking the […]

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Sea to Summit Rapid 26L DryPack Review

During the later parts of the summer I was planning a rafting trip down the Deschutes river in Oregon and needed a pack that I could stow in the raft to store snacks, sunscreen, fishing equipment and lunch. Normally a standard dry bag would work but with Steelhead running I needed something I could toss […]

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