Gear in Review: Down Jackets

Colder temperatures are settling in across Minnesota. That means just one thing. It's time to layer up. Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to score a really good deal on three different down jackets. I'd heard for many years a down jacket would be a great addition to my outdoor kit and … Continue reading Gear in Review: Down Jackets

Gear in Review : Injinji Toe Socks

Every now and then a piece of gear comes along that is truly life changing. I’m not kidding. The one item solves a problem plaguing you. For me that item came in the form of toe socks. These goofy looking socks completely changed my early hiking adventures, coming into my life in the lost off-handed … Continue reading Gear in Review : Injinji Toe Socks

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: 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