Gear · Hiking · Hiking Gear

Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

I am a frugal person in life. To the point it can be eye rolling. Kirk often has had to tell me that I worth the real thing, and to just spend money on quality. But there are times when my hiking gear hacks work just the same. And I save a lot. And so… Continue reading Hiking Hacks: Keeping Warm On The Cheap

Book Reviews · Gear

Review: Essential Wilderness Navigation and Suunto Compasses

Kirk picked up for us and the boys a copy of Essential Wilderness Navigation: A Real-World Guide to Finding Your Way Safely in the Woods With or Without A Map, Compass or GPS, which came out in 2019. With the boys getting older (they will turn 9 & 11 in the coming months), we have… Continue reading Review: Essential Wilderness Navigation and Suunto Compasses

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?

Hiking Gear · Trail Cooking

The History of The FBC Cozy

A long time ago, in late 2005, I began dreaming about a functional, but decent looking concept for a cozy for FBC meals. A cozy? Yes. The FBC Cozy would insulate the meals in their bags, to keep them piping hot, and to help with hydration. When I just started writing Freezer Bag Cooking (FBC)… Continue reading The History of The FBC Cozy