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.

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 … Continue reading

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JMT Trip Planning: Electronics

So, about 2 weeks ago I locked down the permits for our summer 2018 JMT hike. We will be heading northbound (NOBO) out of Horseshoe Meadows via the Cottonwood Lakes trail, and taking the better part of a month to … Continue reading

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Altra Lone Peak 3.0 – 5 Month Review

Back in August, 2017 I picked up my first (two) pair(s) of Altra’s… specifically the Lone Peak 3.0’s. I had shunned the Lone Peaks from years back simply because so many folks complained so much about how little traction they … Continue reading

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December ’17 Florida Trail Hike: Ocala NF w/ Zpacks & GooseFeet Gear

Early last Thursday morning my son and I woke up around 3:30 am (Central time), made some coffee, loaded up the car and drove off. About five and a half hours later we were standing in my buddy Craig Smith’s … Continue reading

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JMT Trip Planning: Random New Gear…

My summer 2018 JMT hike is still quite a ways away, but, it’s also steadily growing closer too! In just a few more months I will start working on actually getting our permits, and from then it will begin to … Continue reading

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PHGT: Meet Virginia “SUL” Gear List

On June 23rd & 24th of 2017, I hiked the 50 miles between Dennis Cove Rd to Damascus, VA. This marked my 3rd state along the Appalachian Trail that I have now completed, and landed me on the first big … Continue reading

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