Posts tagged Backpacking
Review: Ferrosi Pants by Outdoor Research

If the thought of shopping for a hiking pant makes you roll your eyes, then we have something in common. For me, finding the perfect hiking pant is an exercise in frustration. Several years ago, I stumbled on the Ferrosi Pant by Outdoor Research, and I’ve been in love with it since. In this review, I’ll dig into the features of this pant… you already know I think it’s great, so keep reading if you want to know why.

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How to Poop in the Woods

Let’s face it, if you want to spend any serious amount of time in the backcountry, at some point you will have to poop in the woods. I remember hating when nature called on me—while I was in nature. I found it inconvenient and uncomfortable to squat. But mostly I suffered from an intense fear that after relieving myself I would look down only to realize I had pooped right into the crotch of my pants.  I’m not kidding, for a long time this was a huge fear. I’d been backpacking for seven years and still hated pooping in the woods. However, after only a couple weeks on the Pacific Crest Trail, I very quickly became a pro-level backcountry defecator. Many of the techniques I figured out I wish I had learned about years earlier, so hopefully this article helps you.

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Best Water Treatment System for the PCT

Are you planning for an upcoming thru hike? If you're anything like I me, you're probably spending a lot of time determining how to handle hydration while thru hiking the PCT—especially the first 700 miles in Southern California. You may be wondering: What is the best way to filter water on the PCT? Or maybe you're pushing your limits and wondering if you need to treat your water at all. If you’re reading this post, I assume you've opted for the more conservative approach and are intending to treat your water in the backcountry. In this post I examine four different categories of water treatment and provide a recommendation on what I think the best water treatment system is for thru hiking the PCT.

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Do I Need to Filter My Water on the PCT?

In your quest for an ever-lighter pack, have you pondered tossing your water purification system to the curb to cut the last few ounces from your base weight? Are you enamored by super-hikers who brag about their six-pound packs? Or by hikers who casually gulp from groundwater without breaking stride? Maybe you can be one of those ultralight gods as well. Just take the plunge. So, with the promise of an ever lighter and more comfortable pack, you ask: Do I need to filter my water on the PCT?

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Kilimanjaro Gear List

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a life changing experience. It's the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Reaching the top and returning safely requires being fit, determined, having the right equipment, and knowing how to use it. Here is my recommended packing list for Kilimanjaro.

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Best Baselayer Fabric

The baselayer. This unassuming layer sits next to your skin, transporting sweat away from you and into itself—so that it can evaporate slowly without leaving you chilled. It's the first thing we put on. (And often leave on the entire trip!) Baselayers can help stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Choosing the best baselayer is super-critical to your comfort and enjoyment of more intense climates outdoors. The market is full of brands. Full of styles. Full of Fabrics. How does one choose? It's a bit overwhelming. This post chips away at this problem by examining the two main baselayer fabric categories to head to head to determine which fabric is makes the best baselayer: Is it wool or polyester?

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 3

Crossing The Shira Plateau

We plotted a course straight at the summit cone and slowly crossed the massive lava flow known as Shira Plateau. And then everything started going wrong. The group pushed on to Moire Hut, and completed a slack-pack acclimatization hike. Then I was rocked with altitude-related nausea and headaches.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 7

The Summit Push

The air was crisp and still. Ice crystals formed over our packs and outer layers. The digital thermometer died in the cold and I was too miserable to pull my analog one out. It felt like it was in the single digits—which is actually quite good weather for this section of the climb. Our team of climbers, the guides and two summit porters slowly made their way through the night toward the summit another four-thousand feet above.

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Roof of Africa: Climbing Kilimanjaro

In Februrary 2016, Heidi and I set off for Tanzania. Our goal: Climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and tallest free-standing mountain in the world. This was a super-adventure for us.  Read our story, peruse the photos, or learn from the resources gathered in this section. 

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