Gear · Hiking · Hiking Gear

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 long daypack a… Continue reading Gear Review: Deuter ACT Trail SL Backpack

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Gear Review: Luumi Silicone Bags & Bowls

When I first started backpacking, so many years ago, the world was a different place in many ways. And for me, there were many trade offs. If I didn't have to clean pots, I used a lot less water, and no soap. Freezer Bag Cooking came out of my desire to hike more, and carry… Continue reading Gear Review: Luumi Silicone Bags & Bowls

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Meal Review: Tuscan Beef Stew with Italian Polenta

PackitGourmet has long been a favorite go to for us, when we want an easy to make meal for hiking & backpacking. Their Tuscan Beef Stew with Italian Polenta is a definite winner. As with most of PackitGourmet's meals, it tastes like "real" food, not what one expects from commercial outdoor meals. You get a… Continue reading Meal Review: Tuscan Beef Stew with Italian Polenta

Food Finds · Trail Cooking

Meal Review: Wild Zora Foods Caldera Chicken Curry

For those who follow a Paleo, gluten-free or an allergy friendly diet, finding commercial trail meals can be a hard venture. Much is based on cheap carbs – which don’t get me wrong, can taste great and fuel you – but are not always friendly to the body. Wild Zora Foods joined up with Paleo… Continue reading Meal Review: Wild Zora Foods Caldera Chicken Curry

Book Reviews

Botany & Wildcrafting Course Review

This past Spring I was given a chance to take a new class from Herbal Academy. The new course was on Botany & Wildcrafting. So what does this have to do with hiking and backpacking you might ask? A lot I would tell you. I am not shy about my love of identifying wild plants… Continue reading Botany & Wildcrafting Course Review