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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.

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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GSMNP PHGT, Part 2: Enlightened Equipment Stronghold Mittens

This is the second part of my GSMNP Post Hike Gear Talk (PHGT) series. As I mentioned in Part 1, I have decided to split this PHGT post up into 3 separate posts so that a little more attention can … Continue reading

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GSMNP PHGT, Part 1: ZPacks 20F Sleeping Bag

I am going in a bit of a different direction than I normally do with this Post Hike Gear Talk (PHGT) post. Typically I post once and discuss a number of items I carried on a given hike, however, many … Continue reading

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