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Buff Review

Occasionally, people ask me what one piece of gear I always take on my outdoor trips. We all have that one item we feel compelled to always have in our pack. My one item I can’t live without is my...

The Most Reliable Campstove

I bought my MSR Pocket Rocket back in 2010 for my first ever backpacking trip. What attracted me to the stove was that it was so compact, lightweight, and reasonably priced. I figured since it was...

Gear Review: Vasque Taku Hiking Boots

I usually prefer to hike in trail runners, but this fall I worked for a conservation corp in Colorado and I had to have a pair of leather, ankle high boots. I went with a pair of Vasque Taku GTX...

The Best Underwear for Outdoor Sports

  Thank you readers for patiently awaiting my return. I just finished my Pacific Coast bike ride from Canada to Mexico (more on that later) and I’m happy to be back and blogging. I hope...

How to Choose a Tent

So, you’re going to be living in the woods for six months straight. You need a tent. There are plenty of great tents on the market that come in a lots of different styles and prices. How do you...

Diva Cup Review and Giveaway!

*I was not paid for this review. I recently decided to try out the Diva Cup because I thought it might be good to bring backpacking. I hit up the company and asked them to donate one to me, which...

Choosing the Perfect Sports Bra

Like most people planning a thru-hike, I spent the winter before my departure meticulously analyzing various gear options.  How much does it weigh?  How much does it cost?  Will it last for my entire...

Hiking Boots vs. Trail Runners

Hiking boots have always been the traditional footwear for backpackers.  Now that backpacking technology has evolved and gear is more lightweight, hiking shoes have become more lightweight as well. ...

Tents Vs. Hammocks

During my thru-hike I started with a tent, switched to a hammock, and ended without a form of shelter.  At the beginning of the trail I had a two-person, 5-pound tent.  I already owned it, and I...