Lightweight Backpacking

My journey from a 35-pound base pack to a lightweight 15-pound base pack.  The gear I use and why it works for me.


A Comprehensive Snowshoe Buying Guide

Hiking in the winter is best done with snowshoes. But which snowshoes should you buy? This snowshoe buying guide will steer you in the right direction.

The Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Charger

The portable solar charger and battery that I wanted to love just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I was forced to find a new solution and the Nomad 7 is it.

A Summer to Review the REI Dash 2 Tent

My thoughts on the new REI Dash 2 ultralight two-person tent after a summer of putting it through hundreds of miles of abuse in many different conditions.

Lightweight Backpacking Water Treatment

For those backpackers wishing to shed ounces from their pack, it’s time to ditch the pump-type filters. Here are three lightweight water treatment options.

John Muir Trail Trip Report

Tips and lessons learned from my thru-hike of California’s John Muir Trail, June 15th to July 4th, 2015. Permits, resupply, gear, navigation, and photos.

Backpacking with an Esbit Stove

In my search for the best portable backpacking stove I’ve stumbled upon the Esbit Solid Fuel Stove Cookset and think I may have found a new favorite…

SPOT vs. DeLorme Satellite Messengers

Looking at the key features of the two most popular GPS satellite messengers – SPOT Gen3 and the DeLorme inReach SE. Which one is the best travel partner?

Creative Edge Solar 5 Solar Charger

I took this portable solar phone charger with me on my last sailing adventure, and it exceeded my expectations! And for an amazing price as well!

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