Gear List III

Do you like my new blue hair? New additions to gear: ~sawyer squeeze, bag (as additional water storage) and smart water sport cap for backflush ~platypus foldables ~jockey underwear ~backcountry ninjas long sleeve performance shirt ~mouse works animal hat ~stickpic with cell mount ~hillsound microspikes instead of kahtoola (couldn’t get kahtoola) ~2 cup (16 oz) … More Gear List III

Backcountry Ninjas on the Brain – 11 Days Until Departure

It doesn’t really matter that I can’t remember the words to almost any song. But people burst out in song and they are magically bonded for life. Oh well. Even the star spangled banner seems a little foggy. And it’s not just that I’m getting older. This thing has been this thing for as long … More Backcountry Ninjas on the Brain – 11 Days Until Departure

CDT Gear List II

CDT Gear List oz. lb. zpacks 52L arc blast with hip belt pockets 18 zpacks 0F wide long bag 27.1 zpacks solplex tent w/stakes in big agnes stuff sac 19 64.1 4.0 thermarest Xtherm long 16.5 gossamer gear 1/8 pad 3.2 gossamer gear polycryo ground cloth 1.4 cocoon pillow 4.1 msr pack towel half 0.7 … More CDT Gear List II

10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella

10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella Thanks to Francis Tapon for writing this thorough blog on the backpacking umbrella. I’ve had a Golite umbrella (now collectors item) for the last 6 years but haven’t really gone down the path of considering it an essential piece of my gear setup. My main … More 10 Reasons to Go Hiking and Backpacking with an Umbrella

Nuevo México

In 2009 during my first trip through the Pacific Crest Trail ‘desert’ – which is really patches of chaparral connected by mountain ranges – I said “never again”. My slow trudging seemed excruciating, the heat unbearable. New to the thru-hiking lifestyle my pain was abundant and incessant. The time spent whistling through the crisp cool … More Nuevo México