Stick’s 2018 JMT Gear List

For the past 19 months I have been planning my own JMT hike. During those months I have spent time dreaming about the hike… time planning the hike… and time thinking that it would never get here. But now here we are, less than 2 weeks away from our adventure in the Sierra Nevada’s! And after all this time, it’s a bit unbelievable now… lol! Continue reading

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Outmersive Films presents The High Sierra Trail

If you have kept up with any of my social media sites (or my blog) lately, you will know 2 things: 1) that I have been planning my own JMT hike for the past 18+ months, and 2) that I have really become a fan of Chris Smead’s videos over the last year and a half or so. Continue reading

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RODE VideoMicro & MicMe: My Pick for the JMT

A few weeks back I picked up a RODE MicMe and was immediately impressed with the way this mic (and the fuzzy windscreen) blocked the wind noise and focused on my voice! However, I still had some issues with the mic… well, not really the mic, but more so with the set-up. The problem was my iPhone 8 Plus does not have an audio jack, and the MicMe was designed specifically with an audio jack in mind. Continue reading

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JMT Summer 2018 Permits & Plans

In one of my recent JMT Trip Planning video’s I received a comment asking about our permit and plans for our JMT hike this summer. Now that I think about it, while I have talked about these things here and there, I have not taken the time to talk about how we got our permits, or our specific plans, in one place… So, here they are! Continue reading

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JMT Trip Planning: Shelters

In all of my planning for this summer’s 2018 JMT hike, picking which shelter I would carry was one of the easiest choices I had… mostly! It shouldn’t be any surprise that I chose my Zpacks Hexamid Solo Plus Tarp & Hexanet, which is the same set-up that I have been using for the past 4 years (although, early last year (2017) I did pick up the updated model of the Hexamid tarp.) I will admit though, I did think about picking up a Zpacks Duplex tent, but in the end I decided not too. I love that my set-up is modular, not to mention that was another $600 I could spend on other things! Continue reading

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Altra Lone Peak 3.5 – First Look

A few days ago I posted my thoughts on the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 shoes, which I had been wearing for the past 5 months. The gist of it was that I loved them, however, in a half-size larger than my normal size, the 3.0’s weren’t necessarily what I was looking for to wear on my JMT hike later this year. The Lone Peak 3.0’s are just a little too big in the toe box for me… But, based on the reviews I had read on the updated Lone Peak 3.5’s, they were now a little smaller in the toe box… A lot of folks seemed to be unhappy about this change, but it sounded like just the thing I was looking for! Continue reading

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