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What’s up with Sleeping Bag Liners?

This past fall, I was going into the Great Sand Dunes National Park to work for two months. Temperatures were expected to be very cold at night. My crew leaders recommended a 0 degree sleeping bag...

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...

Best Sports Bras for Hiking

Choosing a sports bra for hiking and backpacking is no easy task. There are too many options out there and most don’t check all the boxes. In store options are limited, so we usually have to...

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. ...