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

Gear in Review: Traction Options

Who on earth needs three different types of traction for footwear? Apparently I do. As I've gotten further into my hiking life, I've been slowly collecting gear. While I try to be methodical about what I purchase, it all adds up. I have been trying out variations of a few pieces of gear. With winter … Continue reading Gear in Review: Traction Options

Gear in Review: Tubbs Xplore 25 Snowshoe

It seems strange to think I’ve lived in Minnesota for nearly three quarters of my life and it’s only been in the last two winters that I’ve tried snowshoeing. For most of the many winters before, I considered myself a recreational cross country skier. But as hiking has drawn me further in, snowshoeing has been … Continue reading Gear in Review: Tubbs Xplore 25 Snowshoe