Gear · Hiking Gear

Gear Review: Birkenstock Jackson Boots

For over the past decade I have worn primarily Keen trail shoes, rather than hiking boots. Due to my aggressive working out schedule this past year or so, I developed some toe issues. Of the crippling pain kind. So I started looking for different shoes to wear, to lock my feet into place. I had… Continue reading Gear Review: Birkenstock Jackson Boots

Gear · Trail Cooking

Is It Worth It?

A long time ago (you know, in the 2000's and early 2010's) as the decade was closing in, a number of gear companies were having a major renaissance and producing some of the best cooking gear for the outdoors. MSR was producing some amazing pots and cooking sets. I had come into a number of… Continue reading Is It Worth It?

Gear · Hiking Gear

Gear Review: Hill People Gear Runner’s Kit Bag

In early summer of 2003, on a trip into the Olympic Mountains, I met the Hill brothers. They became a legend*. I think mostly it was envy of their tent setup that included a light weight wood stove. Sitting on the outside of their tent, the flaps open and the heat pouring out as a… Continue reading Gear Review: Hill People Gear Runner’s Kit Bag

Gear · Hiking Gear

What’s In My Daypack 2020

Years ago I was a happy UL (ultralight) hiker. I carried very little, I would do 4-day trips with a large daypack on. I was also on a high from the "there I was" tales. I once got into an argument on a trail about misery and hiking with a hiking partner, where I snarkily… Continue reading What’s In My Daypack 2020

Gear · Hiking Gear

Gear Review: Amazon Essentials Boy’s Full-Zip Polar Fleece Jacket

Whenever someone whines about the evil overlord that Amazon is.....I tend to roll my eyes, because living on an island means I have few choices for clothing shopping. Much less gear shopping (let me laugh a wee bit on that....there is nowhere to shop locally for that). When it comes to the boys, I want… Continue reading Gear Review: Amazon Essentials Boy’s Full-Zip Polar Fleece Jacket