Gear Item of the Week: Moment Macro Lens

MOMENT MACRO LENS On my AT thru-hike, I notice that I really liked taking pictures. Of course the mountains and various landscapes were beautiful, but I especially enjoyed capturing the smaller critters--bugs, newts, algae, etc. IPhone cameras actually do fairly well...

Gear Item of the Week: Genesis II Neck Knife

GENESIS II NECK KNIFE Before I began my PCT trek, my friend Patrick with www.mtknives.net asked me what knife I planned on taking on my trip. I told him I had carried a Gerber knife on the AT, to which he responded, "Gerbers are for babies." He recommended his Genesis...

Gear Item of the Week: Swing Trek Umbrella

SWING TREK UMBRELLA Before I left for the PCT, a veteran PCT thru-hiker recommended I take an umbrella for at least the desert portion. I'm not much of a hat person because they make me feel hot and sweaty, so I decided maybe the umbrella would be a good idea. After...

PCT Gear List – Coming Soon!

Next month, I will begin my journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. I have made some upgrades on my gear since my 2015 AT thru-hike to shed some pack weight. Hoping the decrease in base weight will help offset water weight in the desert, we will see. Stay tuned! Happy...

Gear Item of the Week: Darn Tough Wool Socks

DARN TOUGH WOOL SOCKS I used to be a big SmartWools fan, but the LIFETIME guarantee on Darn Tough socks is unbeatable. I had a mouse chew a hole in my sock while on trail and they actually honored the guarantee. They have all sorts of size, length and cushion...

Gear Item of the Week: Platypus Gravity Filter

PLATYPUS GRAVITY FILTER During my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, I started off with the Sawyer Squeeze which is lighter (3.2 oz) and cheaper ($25-$40) than the Platypus Gravity Filter, but the ease of the gravity system was apparent when I saw a trail friend use it. I...

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