Author Archives: Stick

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.

JMT Trip Planning: Cook Kits

This may be a bit premature, but ever since I decided that I was going to thru hike the JMT in the summer of 2018 I haven’t been able to take my mind off of it! Since then I have … Continue reading

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January 2017 GSMNP Loop Hike

Thursday, after I got off of work and my son got out of school, we loaded our gear into my car and headed to my buddy Benny’s (Plug it In) house. We stayed the night with him at his home, … Continue reading

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The “Ugly Stick” Firestarter

I often get messages on my YouTube channel, however, most are generally garbage, and it’s pretty rare that I even remember to go through them. However, my channel is set-up to automatically send me an email when I get messages, … Continue reading

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If I’m Going to Dream, then I’m Dreaming Big!!!

Video above provided by Chris Smead. Over the years, I have often thought of hiking the John Muir Trail (aka: the JMT)… let’s be real, what hiker/backpacker hasn’t?! This trail has been called “America’s most beautiful trail” so that must mean something, … Continue reading

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What if I Had to Buy All New Gear!

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” Rather than do an end of year gear review, what if I were to completely start all over! “What if…” I started 2017 off with absolutely no backpacking gear or clothing, only the … Continue reading

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GSMNP PHGT, Part 3: Custom GooseFeet Gear Down Anorak

… and here is my final part to my 3 part series of my GSMNP Post Hike Gear talk. As I mentioned in Part 1 & Part 2, rather than do one big post to discuss many pieces of my … Continue reading

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