Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.
Blistex ‘Lip Vibrance’ review
Blistex Lip Vibrance has been my go to lip protection since I discovered it seven years ago walking the John…ReadRead more.
Post thru-hike gear wrapup: Hammock Gear quilt
Here’s something I get asked a lot – How the heck do you wash your down quilt or sleeping bag?…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Therm-a-rest NeoAir Xlite
Quick, what is the most important activity on a thru-hike? If you answered, “Hike,” give that reader a Kewpie doll.…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Icebreaker T
Except for extra pairs of socks, undies and camp clothes that double as layers on cold days, there’s really no…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Columbia OutDry ex-reign rain jacket and pants
If you’re going to be outdoors for any significant amount of time, you are going to eventually get wet and…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: La Sportiva Akyra mountain running shoe
You might recall that it was one year ago, while hiking the Coast-to-Coast and aliloop-of-the-lakes in England, that I became…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Kavu Fishermans Chillba
It’s not that I have anything against baseball caps. I often wear them hiking, biking, kayaking, running, skiing, climbing –…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Granite Gear Crown2 60
When I purchased the iPhone that would become my camera, typewriter, microphone, editing studio and means of communication with the…ReadRead more.
post thru-hike gear wrapup: Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec pole
Gusts were at “extreme gale” in exposed areas and squally showers blew sideways the day I crossed Nelson Lakes National…ReadRead more.
Hammock Gear Burrow quilt review
I am afraid of heights. At least according to Ohio-based Hammock Gear, who – despite the name and mission –…ReadRead more.
Soto Amicus review
Amicus means friend in Latin, and I have a feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Soto Amicus…ReadRead more.
gear list for the Te Araroa
Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the…ReadRead more.
TA video: Thru-hike prep with visual aids
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The little light that could
Many years ago, my mom, who was a Forensics coach, took me with her to the All-State Finals to cheer…ReadRead more.
Balega socks review
If you want to hike with the ease, agility and the fleet-footedness of a seasoned ultra trail runner, and keep…ReadRead more.
Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-tec review
The Leki Micro Vario Ti Cor-Tec is a foldable bomb-proof aluminum trekking pole with an awesome cork handled grip and outstanding adjustability.…ReadRead more.
Tarptent Notch Li partial solid w/silnylon floor review
The Tarptent Notch Li is a fantastic ultra light shelter for the solo thru-hiker looking for simplicity and durability, while…ReadRead more.
Granite Gear Crown2 60 backpack review
The Granite Gear Crown2 60 is a superbly designed ultra light backpack ideal for multi-day backpacking and long distance thru-hiking.…ReadRead more.
I leave for Northern England and the Coast-to-Coast in six days and until a few moments ago, I was still…ReadRead more.
And the winner is…
alicoop! My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, ‘It is air-conditioned and has exceptional…ReadRead more.
Which mattress do I take for the 192 miles of England’s Coast-to-Coast in June? There’s only one way to find…ReadRead more.
Boots or trainers?
I need help choosing footwear for the Coast to Coast walk in June. What do you think? Forget not that…ReadRead more.
This is my new tent for the Coast to Coast walk next month. Let the beauty of what we love…ReadRead more.