Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze

And my backup water filtration plan, Aquamira

Water is crucial to survival, and you never know where you may have to get it – like out of a mud puddle on the Appalachian Trail in New York because a drought has dried up all the streams. Clean water is critical, and here are the two ways I treat my water.

There are a lot of ways to filter water in the back country – pumps, tablets, drops, straws, UV lights, and other filters. My main choice is the Sawyer Squeeze water filtration system, and my backup is Aquamira dropsContinue reading “Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze”

Trail Tip: Take pictures of people

You’ll be glad you did!

[I’ve been in Idaho for the past two weeks attending a NOLS Wilderness First Responder course, so I’ve been lax on the articles. I’ll be posting more this week!]

This is a small post with a big point: take pictures of people. Eventually, all the gorgeous summits look the same. Yes, flowers are pretty. And so is that deer. That old church looks a lot like all those other old churches (amirite, Camino folks?).

Trust me, when you get back home from your epic trip, it might be nice to share those vista and summit and adventure pictures with folks, but the ones you will revisit over and over, the ones you’ll show to complete strangers in bars, the ones you’ll have the best stories about… are the people. Take pictures of the people.

Pictured: Professor, Firestarter (me), and Backtrack in Damascus, Virginia. Yes, my tramily was full of very tall humans.

 

Gear Review: Buck Metro knife

A.K.A. beer opener

I bought the Buck Metro a few years ago after my A.T. mentor The Missing Link mentioned it was the only knife he carried. I love this knife! I keep this as my everyday knife and take my small swiss army knife on backpacking trips where I may need more functionality.   Continue reading “Gear Review: Buck Metro knife”

Gear Review: Luci EMRG

Look on the bright side

I first saw the LUCI light on the Appalachian Trail. (Sounds like some old outdoors gospel song…) There were only four people in the shelter one evening, and a woman asked if everyone was OK with her hanging a light in the shelter for a while – to be turned off before hiker midnight (9 pm), of course.   Continue reading “Gear Review: Luci EMRG”

Trail Tip: The Poo Post

When Nature calls

There are a lot of questions that beginner backpackers have. We were all beginners once, and we all had to learn a vital skill: how to poop in the woods.

When I talk about backpacking (to a meetup group, outfitter backpacking class, or just curious bystanders), I am often asked about going to the bathroom. People are usually shy or reserved when asking the question, so I always make sure to give them a straight answer. They may not have the nerve to ask someone else!  Continue reading “Trail Tip: The Poo Post”