Taking A Break…

P1050021As I mentioned in my last video, I am stepping away from my blog, and my YouTube channel for a while. I will not be posting anything new for quite some time, however, I will still be around to reply to comments/questions here on my blog, or my other social networking sites (although, it may not always be immediately). Thankfully, I can say that this is not for any bad reasons, in fact, it’s good. My kids are growing up (way too fast) and it has come to the point that my free time is going towards them, as opposed to getting away for hikes, or spending time online.

I just wanted to take the time though to say thank you to everyone that has, or will, frequent my blog, or my other related sites. I have enjoyed the journey to get to where I am at. I have enjoyed documenting that progress, and I have enjoyed sharing it with everyone that has stopped by to take a look. I have enjoyed the conversations that have taken (and will take) place, not to mention, several really good friends that I have met and hiked with through my blog.

As well, I needed to do this post because I want to make it clear that I will no longer be available to review gear, or the like. I still receive a number of emails from folks that want me to review their gear, or to help promote their new idea’s. Nothing against anyone, but I just don’t have the time. Not trying to be rude, but I have recently stopped even replying to these emails, which I will continue to do so.

So, again, thanks to everyone that has stopped by. As well, feel free to continue to comment or ask questions on posts, and I will reply (as long as it’s not to review gear). At this time, I am planning to pick my blog back up eventually, but to be totally honest, who know’s what will happen in the end. So, until then, happy hiking!

~Stick~

There is no disclaimer here…

 

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AT Section Hike: Erwin, TN, to Sam’s Gap

Last weekend, my son and I started out on a different hike than what we thought… Continue reading

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“SUL” Hammock Gear List for 3.25 Day AT Section Hike

Next week my son and I will be hiking the 68 mile stretch of Appalachian Trail between Hot Springs, NC and Erwin, TN. We are planning to do this hike in 3.25 days, which means we will average 20 mpd the first 3 days, and will log the last 8 miles early on the 4th morning. Considering the faster than normal pace (for most folks), we have decided to keep our packs light… or “super ultralight” so that our hike is more enjoyable. Continue reading

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Quick Look @ the MLD Light Snow Gaiters

A couple of weeks ago I decided to pick up a pair of the Mountain Laurel Designs (MLD) Light Snow Gaiters. I figured that (for me) these would be a good addition to my ZPacks rain kilt for covering my lower body in less than ideal weather. Between the kilt and the gaiters, I get almost complete coverage, but still maintain a good bit of breathability. Continue reading

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2014 Montbell Down Hugger 800 #3 Sleeping Bag Review

Since getting my Montbell Down Hugger 800 #3 sleeping bag last year for my birthday, I have now used the bag about 12 nights total:

  • At home I have used the bag 4 nights: 3 outside in a tent, and 1 most of the night inside my house.
  • 1 night in the bunk house at the NOC
  • 3 nights on my hike from Newfound Gap/441 to Max Patch (inside a shelter each night)
  • 3 nights on my hike from Carver’s Gap to Dennis Cove Rd/Kincora Hostel (2 nights inside a shelter and 1 inside my ZPacks Hexamid & Hexanet)
  • 1 more night on my most recent hike from Iron Mtn Gap to Erwin, TN (under my MLD Duomid, tarp only).

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Exped SynMat UL7 Sleeping Pad Review

P1050931Yea, I am… a HUGE NeoAir fan. However, after a random night’s sleep on an older Exped SynMat 7 last July at the “Fontana Hilton” shelter, I found myself re-thinking the comfort level of the Exped pads… But not only comfort, Exped offers these pads in a size M (AKA: regular), but in a rectangular cut, which happens to be the size and shape I most prefer. So, after that hike, I came home and added one of the “UL” versions of this pad (in a size M) to my Pintrest wish list, which my wife ended up buying for me last Christmas (2014)! Continue reading

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