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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

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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

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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

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What Our Boys Carry: School Age Backpack Loads In 2020

In the past I have written about what our young boys carry in their backpacks for dayhikes. This year Walker will turn 10 and Alistaire will be 8. They have both grown since last years post which means new rain gear for the boys to come soon (Alistaire's just showed up today) With January winding… Continue reading What Our Boys Carry: School Age Backpack Loads In 2020

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Gear Review: Deuter ACT Trail SL Backpack

Sometime around 11 years ago I bought my first Deuter backpack. My oldest son had had a Deuter Fox 30 for years, and I had been impressed how well it was holding up (it held up so well I sold as he aged out). At that point I was chewing through a daypack a year.… Continue reading Gear Review: Deuter ACT Trail SL Backpack