Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

I get asked a lot of questions about gear. I have a few friends who are just getting into the outdoorsy side of life, and lately their questions have had me thinking about what I wish I had known when I was a brand new starry-eyed backpacker, completely clueless about what would actually happen when I … More Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket

If you’re looking for an ultralight insulated jacket that will keep you toasty, rain or shine, whether you’re hiking through mountains or strolling the sidewalks of the city— the Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket is a solid choice. The ultralight DriDown technology means that this coat is a fraction of the size and weight of other 800 … More Gear Review: Sierra Designs Stratus Jacket

Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Have you ever, in the quest to pack light, left behind some of your favorite things? Telling yourself you don’t need it, it’s ridiculous, you removed your iPod and slippers from consideration and took off into the Great Unknown freed from those unnecessary luxuries. Well, I know I’ve done that. And I know I’ve regretted it. While … More Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip

The first backpacking trip I ever took was short. Which is a good thing. For 3 nights and 4 days of front-country hiking, I stuffed my pack until it was bursting at the seams and strapped it to myself. As you can probably guess, that wasn’t the wisest idea. Here are a few mistakes I made: Packing cotton: … More Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip

At the end of the world, in the land of fire, in a saggy tent…

Two weary travelers, beleaguered by illness, set out to see the world– though their sights great, their bodies were burdened by the heavy weight of the past five days of badassery, walking, and sleeping. Noses runny, heads aching, throats scratchy, Our noble heroines pitched their saggy tent at the end of the world in the land of … More At the end of the world, in the land of fire, in a saggy tent…

It’s go time.

Asking someone to join you on a backpacking trip is just a fancy way of inviting that individual to sleep, eat, and poop in absurdly close proximity to you for an extended period of time. It’s actually pretty freaking weird. And at three months, this trip is a long one– you’d give some real consideration … More It’s go time.