Honest reviews of backpacking gear.

Post PCT Gear Review, or: how I learned what stays and what gets chucked

There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of the workout. – Kathrine Switzer Updated gear list now available. You can access it on google docs and take it with you! Walking the Pacific Crest Trail was one of the best things I have done in my life – second only to walking the Te Araroa, and both of those hikes were accomplished in […]

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Blistex ‘Lip Vibrance’ review

Blistex Lip Vibrance has been my go to lip protection since I discovered it seven years ago walking the John Muir Trail Why do I LOVE Lip Vibrance so much? First it’s the restorative emollients – shea butter, grapeseed oil and vitamin E. It feels smooth, and rich. Then there’s the sun protection at SPF 15. This isn’t your zinc oxide for alpine climbing, but Lip Vibrance protects pretty darn well on most exposed sun-shiny […]

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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? For starters, you should probably not wash down until things get really out of hand. So let’s use our imaginations to take us to that moment of out-of-handedness when a good washing is all one can do. Imagine putting your face right up against your furry dog. If she’s freshly cleaned, this might be a […]

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