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!


There is no disclaimer here…


About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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27 Responses to Taking A Break…

  1. Pingback: Back on the trail again…finally! | Stick's Blog

  2. Durtydan says:

    come back Stick!


  3. Steven says:

    Looking for a online source to search for elevation changes in the Cosby/Max patch area on the AT. Any ideas?


    • Stick says:


      The MapDana Elevation Profile Map is pretty decent. They can be had for about $5 from AntiGravity Gear. Just pick the section you need. Other than that, I know I have come across elevation profiles online, but it’s been so long I can’t remember where I came across them at any longer. I thought I had some downloaded, but will have to dig deeper for them… Although, I cannot promise I have them still…

      Good luck!



  4. Arya says:

    It is always fun to read hiking blogs and the blogs like yours, i just love them. I really wish to read more of your writings, may be in future. Till then take care and have a great time with your family.


  5. We are going to miss you and your awesome insight. Your posts were great source of information . I hope you will make appearance less often but it will be worthy. Best of luck and have a greatest time with kids.


  6. Lawson Kline says:

    Chad you are what I like to call Good People.. They are far and few.. This blog will stay just like you left it, but your kids will be bigger the next time you blink your eye , so enjoy them. Thanks for everything.

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  7. walker says:

    I’ve stumbled upon your blog by chance…
    best and happy hiking!


  8. David Sugeno says:

    Good call, but I’ll really miss your reviews, both written and videoed. This site is a great resource, and I know you’ve put a ton of work into it over the years. Hope your break gives you more time with family and enjoying the great outdoors.


  9. Ben says:

    Always enjoyed the blog and videos, Stick! This site is a great resource for anyone getting into backpacking, hope you will leave it up. Enjoy the time with your kids!


  10. Enjoyed your videos as well as being able to do a few hikes with you. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been backpacking. My knees went bad and I just got tired of having to deal with pain every time I put a pack on and hit a trail, so I pretty much quit social media and doing any kind of reviews. Videos and blogging took up so much of my time, so I have a lot of respect for people who could balance that with having a family. Sounds like you’re doing this for all the right reasons. Life is a vapor, so it’s wise not to let the most important things pass you by. Good luck with whatever you do next, dude. You’re an awesome guy.


  11. Lee says:

    Just wanted to let you know I discovrred your blog last July after visiting the doctor. The first hiding video I ever saw was your 2-parter “Overnight on LeConte”. Since then, I’ve list 43 pounds, slowly geared up, built up via practice hikes and completed my family’s first hike to LeConte lodge just weeks ago. I even mentioned you in my video when I first saw the LeConte shelter when arriving via Boulevard Trail (we took Alum Cave down). Thank you for your time and all you shared with us.



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  13. Neighbor says:

    Hey Stick! I’ve been reading your blog for a while but this is probably my first time commenting. I got into the UL side around the same time as you and although I’m a myog guy I always appreciated your insight into the gear these cottage companies make (I love Zpacks, and Joe is my inspiration for being a minimalist as well as making my gear). Long story short…thanks!


  14. prodhe says:

    I’ve read your blog for quite some time now and I hope the break isn’t the end! I like to get a glimpse of the American gear market and compare it to my Swedish ditto. Happy trails!


  15. Ken Rogers says:

    Thanks for the ride Stick, We have all enjoyed it. Great choice you have made. You have to hike your own hike. See you on the trail down the road.


  16. pmstucker says:

    So sorry to read this, but totally understand. I’ve learned so much from your posts! Happy trails, and I hope all goes well for you and your family. You will be missed.


  17. Mary Tucker says:

    Oh no! But I can totally understand. I will miss your blog posts. Just wanted to say thank you. I’ve learned so much from you. Happy Trails and I’ll watch for when you have time to return. Hope things go great for you and the family.


  18. Oh man, I know this one all too well. I remember us talking about this two years ago, was surprised to see you keep going. Good decision Chad.

    God, Family, Church, Job.


  19. Scott says:

    Thanks for sharing your backpacking journey, it has been fun following along. Safe travels. Scott


  20. milligan308 says:

    Family is first, you are right they grow up so fast, will be looking forward to your return, BTW I still reference your YT videos and blog posting for gear decisions. All the best. Don


  21. Sniffer says:

    I have sensed for a while that you had started pulling away from your blog and social media and I completely understand. I hope you won’t stop taking your kids out in the woods and on the trails. My parents started me camping when I was 4 and I took my son first when he was 19 months, so it’s a family tradition. My son and his wife hike all over the northwest and I still get sections of the AT every year. My first AT section was in 1956, so you’d think I’d have more than 600 miles, but I love to re-hike some sections. I think getting into the wilderness can teach a person life-long lessons they won’t get elsewhere. Good luck to you and take your family and go outside!


  22. Bob Beaullieu says:

    I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog over the past couple of years and have learned a lot. I’ve even hiked a couple of the hikes you featured (Iron Mtn Gap to Hwy 19E last month) after reading your write-ups and watching your videos.
    Family is so very important and I applaud you for making the choice to make being a Dad and a Husband #1. Best wishes….


  23. Steve Bell says:

    Our family is the most important thing and spending lots of time with them is crucial and rewarding. I have enjoyed your blog and videos so much. I have learned so much from them and ut resulted in my making better purchases including the 1911.
    Thank you for sharing your passion for hiking


  24. outlan says:

    Well, that’s honestly very sad, but I completely get it. I have the same issue with my twins (who are almost 7). It’s very hard to strike a balance between family and personal fun time, an even harder to mesh the two. I have a hard enough time getting my boys out into the woods for a short hike–let alone a backpacking trip. Maybe someday.

    Anyway, good luck and thanks for all that you’ve done. Hope to see you around the community again soon.


  25. Going to miss your YouTube video reviews, great pictures, and most importantly your honest commentary Stick. Happy Hiking!


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