July 2014 AT Section Hike: Winding Stair Gap to the NOC

P1040521Last weekend I met up with a few buddies, and set out for a much-needed weekend outdoors. We had planned to do a 28-ish mile section between Winding Stair Gap and the NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center). Some of us had hiked either all, or some of this section, while others didn’t have any of it. And for one other, it was his second outing on the AT… so, we were all excited to be out there! Continue reading

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New Backcountry Meal: Cesar’s Pad Thai


I was recently watching a food video by Cesar (from Cesar and the Woods), and one of his meals intrigued me… his version of Pad Thai! Some time back, I posted about Matthew Kirk‘s fast-pack version of Pad Thai, which I have since eaten numerous times, and have really enjoyed. This is a tasty (to me) meal, which is easy to find all the ingredients for, and inexpensive at that. It packs a good amount of calories, and is quite easy to clean up after (which is important to me). So, when I saw Cesar’s version, I figured I had to try it… Continue reading

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Unboxing the Bushbuddy Trekker Ultra 004 Wood Stove

P1040191A few weeks ago (4 to be exact), I broke down and placed an order with the Nomadic Stove Company for the lightest Bushbuddy stove available, the Trekker Ultra 004. Without crossing hairs, I have used the Solo Stove for a while now, and found that I was really happy with the way the stove performed, as well as how clean and easy it was to use, however, I wasn’t too happy with the weight. So, I gave in and dropped $110 on the original, hand-made design, that weighs almost half of what the Solo Stove clocks in at! Continue reading

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2014 Montbell Down Hugger 800 #3 (First Impressions…)


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It was just a few short years ago when I started backpacking… and it was very soon after that when I realized I needed to lighten my accumulated gear load up. I began my backpacking career like many others probably did… with an internet search for gear. I was searching for all the “right things” that I needed, so that I could survive for an “extended” period of time “in the woods.” And likely like many others, I ended up with way more than I needed… But hey, we live and we learn… Continue reading

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Rhino Laces Contest Winner!

Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 7.57.00 PMThe contest for a free pair of any size, and color, Rhino Laces is now finished! Thanks to everyone that entered. There were definitely lots of great ideas there, however, I could only choose 1 winner. And that person is… Continue reading

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Rhino Laces: First Look & Give Away!

P1040136I first came across Rhino Laces on Brian’s Backpacking Blog. There was actually a Kickstarter project going on for it, but unfortunately, I didn’t get in on it at the time. Since then they have slipped my mind, however, I was recently reminded of them when I got an email from a lady named Melinda who works with the folks making the Rhino Laces. Continue reading

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