Gear Review: Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 (original model)

home sweet home

[Disclosure: Big Agnes has come out with a newer model of my tent called the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2. I have not yet reviewed this model. If Big Agnes wants to hook me up, however, with this newer tent, or a Copper Spur 2 Platinum…]

When I started backpacking, I was surprised at the role mental and emotional factors played in a successful and fun adventure. There’s always the primitive, instinctual need for shelter, of course; but I found there’s also a craving for a sense of “home” when you are out for more than just a few nights.

Enter the Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 tent. Most nights, after 20+ exhausting mountainous miles, I would get to camp, do my “chores” (which included tent setup), and eat a hot meal. Once ready for bed, I would unzip my tent door, crawl inside, read for a while or map out my next day, and fall fast asleep. It was my home.  Continue reading “Gear Review: Big Agnes UL Fly Creek 2 (original model)”

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”

Gear Review: SPOT Gen3 GPS

If you need me, call me, No matter where you are, No matter how far

I bought the SPOT Gen3 a few weeks before hitting the AT in March 2016. The main impetus for this purchase was being able to stay in touch and let folks know my coordinates in case I couldn’t use my phone.

The SPOT GPS functions in a few different ways.   Continue reading “Gear Review: SPOT Gen3 GPS”

Gear Review: Osprey Aura 50 AG Pack

a.k.a. Rosie, the best pack in the world

Meet Rosie.

I purchased the Aura 50 in 2012, so I have the older purple model, but it’s the same basic setup. I’ve used it for small backpacking trips, as well as my 2016 5.5 month thruhike of the AT.   Continue reading “Gear Review: Osprey Aura 50 AG Pack”