Tag Archives: Outdoor Research

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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My Wintry Layering System

When the temperatures drop, it’s all about staying warm. Of course I can overcome the cold weather by simply throwing a coat on, like I would when at home, however, I found that by using a single coat/jacket to keep … Continue reading

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ZPacks Cuben Fiber 18×36 Dry Sack Pack Liner

I am happy with my (1.2 oz) ZPacks cuben fiber pack cover and have no plans to abandon it, but past experiences have proven that a pack cover will not keep the inside of a pack dry on its own. … Continue reading

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Another Backyard Camping Experiment…

The temperatures are finally at a point that I can test out my “winter gear” to the points that they are rated! Of course, this is in my backyard (actually front yard) so the results may be slightly more optimistic … Continue reading

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas + Backpacking ??? Obviously, it is that time of year again! A time of year that thoughts of gifts roll through your mind, whether they are the gifts that you are wishing for, or the gifts that you need to … Continue reading

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Trip / Gear Report

This past weekend I headed to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for an overnight trip with a few buddies. We headed out Friday morning to the summit of Mt LeConte via the Alum Cave Trail. We stayed the night … Continue reading

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