Post Hike Gear Talk: BIAS Weight Weenie Micro Hammock

P1050255Last weekend I decided to take the kids with me on an overnight hike on the AT. To be clear, this hike wasn’t really about miles, or even gear really, it was about getting the kids outdoors, and spending some time with them. However, I had recently received a Butt in a Sling Weight Weenie Micro Hammock, and I figured this would be as good a time as any to give it a try… So, for this post hike gear talk, I decided to focus on some of my thoughts after using this hammock… and I had a few! Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2014 AT Hike with the Kiddos!

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This past weekend I decided that the kids and I would sneak away for a quick overnight hike on the AT. So, I grabbed a few packs out of the gear closet and started filling them with gear (good thing I got a lot of it!) As well, I even called one of my old-time school buddies and asked if it would be ok if I were to take his son (which happens to be my son’s best friend…) along with us. He said sure! Continue reading

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Butt In A Sling (BIAS) Weight Weenie Micro Hammock w/ Knotty Mod

P1050204I was recently talking with Shane from Butt In A Sling Hammock Gear, and he offered to send me one of their hammocks to give a try. When looking through the BIAS site,the Weight Weenie Micro jumped out at me simply because of the weight. Listed at only 6 oz (for the tarp, channel loops, & stuff sack only), this seemed likely to be one of the lightest weight hammocks on the market. However, just to be clear, this is not the bottom line… Of course, the suspension to actually hang the hammock will add some additional weight too. However, it seemed like a great starting place, so this is the one that I requested. Continue reading

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Watson’s Performance Long Sleeve Top & Long John Bottoms

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I  recently received a pair of Watson’s Performance medium weight Long Sleeve Top, & Long John Bottoms, in the mail from Chateau Lingerie Mfg. Inc., in exchange for a review. I accepted these items with plans to use them as base layers for upcoming GoRuck challenges during the colder months. Continue reading

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Post Hike Gear Talk (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)

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I recently headed out for a (much-needed) 4 day section hike along the Appalachian Trail. I covered 50 miles, starting at Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and finished on the beautiful bald called Max Patch. This hike was a bit different for me in that I actually added a few “luxury” items to my pack to increase my overall weight. I know, that’s weird, but I did so intentionally due to the GORUCK Challenge that I am preparing for in December. Continue reading

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October ’14 AT Section Hike (Newfound Gap to Max Patch)

P1050009Last Tuesday night I pulled up into the Newfound Gap parking area around 10 PM. My backpack was all packed up, propped up in the back seat. Beside that was a duffel bag with clean clothes for after my hike, and next to that, a blanket and a pillow. I had decided to simply sleep in my car that night, which would save money on a hotel room (especially since it would have only been for a mere 5 – 6 hour stay), and would easily allow me a bright and early start on my hike the next morning. Continue reading

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