Category Archives: Gear

First Look at My 2017 Zpacks Arc Haul Gridstop Backpack

In late 2013 I was “talked into” buying a new Zpacks Arc Blast backpack. As it turned out, that pack ended up being the best pack I have ever used. Sure, it was a 60 liter backpack, so not really a small … Continue reading

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April 2017 Hike: The Fiery Gizzard Trail

I recall hearing of the Fiery Gizzard Trail sometime in the past, but that was all I could recall. This was the trail that Jeff Benefield (from JBen’s Blog) had planed for our April Fools weekend hike. So I did … Continue reading

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The Benny Braden Interview (#fastestgsmnp900miler Record Holder)

On Thanksgiving weekend, 2016, my kids and I meet up with some friends for a 3 day hike in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This actually happened to be the weekend right before the huge fires recently broke out … Continue reading

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First Look @ the Zpacks Vertice Rain Gear

As some of you may already know, at least by now, just a couple of weeks ago Zpacks added their new Vertice rain jacket & pants to their webpage. For the last couple of months I had been waiting (somewhat patiently… lol) … Continue reading

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JMT Trip Planning: Sleep Systems

Well, it’s still not summer of 2018… so I am left to continue to dream, and to plan, for our future JMT hike. A couple of weeks ago I posted about the cook kits that my son and I will … Continue reading

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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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