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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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Gear For New Backpackers

Its spring time and people are busting out their backpacking gear.  Have a friend that is new to the game? Its tough to recommend gear since different people have such different styles and priorities when in the outdoors.  There is no standard set of gear that works for everyone.  I generally try and focus on a […]

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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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The importance of delicious food in the backcountry.

Nothing makes or breaks a trip into the backcountry like the food you eat. Let’s put aside for a moment the nutritional importance of keeping your body fueled and focus on the moral food provides. As Napoleon said “An army marches on its stomach”. Just like napoleon’s army, when I’m in the wilderness I march […]

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What is the best fire starter?

When I’m out backpacking, or even day hiking, I normally bring two or three Esbit solid fuel tabs with me to use as an emergency fire starting last resort.  Most of the time I don’t have too much of a problem starting a fire but there are occasions when I’m in the cold, damp forest and […]

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What do you carry on your person vs leave in your pack?

If you plan where you put your gear correctly you can maximize your trail time, eliminate slow transitions and keep your hiking partners from being irritated with you for stopping every 5 minutes to get something out of your pack. When I’m hiking I have a small set of gear that I carry in my pockets – […]

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What’s the best way to purify water in freezing conditions?

I’ve been spending a lot more time in freezing conditions lately than I have in the past.  This has caused me to re-evaluate the way I purify water when its below freezing out.  The problem you face when temperatures drop below freezing is the risk of your water purification system freezing and becoming ruined – […]

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What does “regulated” power mean for headlamps?

Recently I’ve posted a number of headlamp reviews and during my research I learned something about headlamps that I never even though about – regulated power.  Headlamps with regulated power have additional circuitry that provides a consistent flow of electricity to the LED.

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2013 in review

The end of a year and the beginning of the next is a great time to reflect on what has changed for you over the last 12 months.  Below is an unordered list of rambling that pertain to how my gear set has changed over the course of 2013:

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How do you repair your gear when it breaks in the backcountry?

SNAP! You are 20 miles into the backcountry skiing over 10 feet of snow and your skin/bindings/ski pole/whatever just broke.  What do you do? When I’m out in the woods there are a few items that I never leave behind: 10-15 medium zip ties 1′ Tenacious Tape 1 tent pole sleeve (not pictured above) 2 […]

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