Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact

Packing for a longer road trip takes into consideration all the possible camping scenarios. [Image: A gear shot of the back of Ruth's car, included gear are a blue and white cooler, tan Granite Gear backpack, 5 gallon water jug, bear valult, tent and other items underneath a brightly stripped towel.] A Socially Distanced Plan … Continue reading Recreate Responsibly : Prepping for Minimal Contact

Gear in Review: Kula Cloth

I've been hiking, backpacking and camping for quite a long time now, hauling a small roll of toilet paper with me. There was always the need to pack out the TP, which is a pain. Being cognizant of disposing of the TP, which often meant carrying it out from the trail in a plastic bag. … Continue reading Gear in Review: Kula Cloth

Gear in Review: LEKI Lhasa Lite AS Trekking Poles

Throwback to 2015's Philmont Trek where those trekking poles helped propel me along over 70+ miles.This backpacking was done on the traditional lands of the Jicarilla Apache, Pueblos, Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute). As people all across the U.S. are getting into the outdoors, I've seen lots of questions about gear. I haven't been out as much … Continue reading Gear in Review: LEKI Lhasa Lite AS Trekking Poles

Gear in Review: 11th Essential Options for Outdoor Stewardship

On April 22, 2020 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. It's hard to believe that even with this annual reminder that our beautiful blue marble in the universe needs special care, we continue to struggle with the impact we have on it. Notably now the impacts of our presence are being … Continue reading Gear in Review: 11th Essential Options for Outdoor Stewardship

Gear in Review: Oboz Bridger 7″ BDry Insulated Winter Boots

Even though the weather outside is making quick work of making us all think winter is over, I know better. So while a winter boot review might seem silly when it feels like spring outside, I'm diving in here anyway. Anyone who knows Minnesota winters knows that they can be a challenge to keep warm. … Continue reading Gear in Review: Oboz Bridger 7″ BDry Insulated Winter Boots