How To Size & Buy A Backpacking Quilt – Guest Post on Massdrop.com

Once again, I’ve made a guest post over on Massdrop.com. This time I’m focusing on how to properly size and eventually buy a quilt for backpacking. One of the biggest questions I get now (especially after releasing this video on why you should switch to a quilt) is, “What size/type/brand/features should I look for in a quilt?” Well, hopefully this article will help to guide any of you that are struggling with buying a backpacking quilt and what to look for. I’m sure that I’ll eventually make this article into a video, but for now you can find it here on massdrop.com: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1091/how-to-size-buy-a-backpacking-quilt

The Ultimate Ultralight Kitchen – Only 4 oz!

When I’m not on trail, my mind is… I often find it wondering why I’m not out hiking all day every day, coming up with ideas for new pieces of gear and DIY projects, and figuring out ways to improve upon my existing gear. This article/video stems from the latter and is the best system I could come up with for the weight/functionality. I present to you the Ultimate Ultralight Kitchen. Continue reading “The Ultimate Ultralight Kitchen – Only 4 oz!”

On umbrellas & rain skirts and why you should try hiking with them – Massdrop.com blog post

Recently I posted a guest-article on Massdrop.com’s ultralight talk forum. It focuses on using umbrellas and rain skirts on trail and the plethora of benefits that this system offers. Check out this link for the article and more details: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/965/on-umbrellas-and-rain-skirts-and-why-you-should-try-hiking-with-them

Long story short though… You should give hiking with an umbrella and rain skirt a try, it’s the bees knees!

Klymit x Massdrop Ultra Light Static V Insulated Sleeping Pad – Gear Review

Recently, the community based gear purchasing site known as Massdrop has been releasing some interesting new products based on feedback from the ultralight and hiking communities. The latest product of these efforts presents a partnership between the website and well known sleeping pad manufacturer Klymit. Historically, Klymit has made some acceptable sleeping pads, but never anything that was outstanding. This new offering, the Ultralight Static V Insulated, is a huge step in the right direction for Klymit, featuring very competitive specs and a superb price point. Check out the video below for all the info and a comparison to my favorite pad, the Thermarest Xlite. Continue reading “Klymit x Massdrop Ultra Light Static V Insulated Sleeping Pad – Gear Review”

How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips

Rain skirts are a quick and easy way to keep your shorts dry while hiking in the rain. Far more breathable and at a fraction of the weight of rain pants, they are my go to rain gear for much of the hiking season. Though there are a few places that sell rain skirts, they still aren’t quite mainstream yet and prices are not cheap. This means that you’ve got two options: buy an expensive rain skirt from one of the few vendors, or make your own! Continue reading “How to make a rain skirt (step by step) – DIY Gear Tips”

How to make a stuff sack (Step by step) – DIY Gear Tips

Though I’ve done a few tutorials and videos on DIY gear in the past, I’d like to start doing more. With the price of gear creeping ever higher (I’m looking at you Dyneema), a lack of reliable and lightweight gear from large manufacturers, and the wait times we often find with the cottage companies we love, DIY is a great way to get the gear you want for much cheaper than retail. Let’s not forget about how incredibly fulfilling it is to be out in the woods alone, using gear that you have made to survive too! To kick off this new wave of DIY videos on my channel, I figured I’d start with one of the most simple projects around. A project that makes a great intro into the world of DIY (Do it yourself) and MYOG (Make your own gear): A stuff sack. But not just any ol’ stuff sack. A reinforced, cinching, quality stuff sack. Continue reading “How to make a stuff sack (Step by step) – DIY Gear Tips”

Why you should switch to a backpacking quilt – Ask A Thru Hiker

If you are unfamiliar with my “Ask a thru hiker” series, the basic premise is that I attempt to answer some of the more common questions I receive from various hikers and backpackers. This week I am focusing on one, very frequently mentioned topic. Quilts. Although there are a myriad of questions that most people have about backpacking quilts, today, I’m going start simple and explain some of the advantages that backpacking quilts have over the sleeping bags you’ve probably been using. We’ll get to the deeper questions in future posts, though if you do have questions, please leave them on the video. Continue reading “Why you should switch to a backpacking quilt – Ask A Thru Hiker”

How to layer rain gear (Like a thru hiker)

If you’ve seen my video on layering your backpacking clothing like a thru hiker (Found here), you might remember that it was missing some very important essentials: rain gear. This weeks video picks up where the last one left off and delves head first into the world of rain gear… and what a world it can be, full of complex decisions, misconceptions, and prices that all leave you wondering if you should even bother hiking in the rain. Continue reading “How to layer rain gear (Like a thru hiker)”

How Much Does It Cost To Thru Hike – Ask A Thru Hiker

This series has been a long time coming. Almost daily, I get multiple questions from all sorts of hikers about different aspects of thru hiking, backpacking, planning a hike, how to do x, and so on. While answering these questions on a per case basis is helpful for the individuals asking the questions, it seems to me that making videos on some of the topics I’m frequently asked about would be a great benefit to future potential hikers, and to those that either aren’t asking questions or perhaps don’t know what questions to ask. Not to mention, it may help streamline my answering process and lead to faster answers or at least fewer questions on the same topics. This weeks “Ask A Thru Hiker” is going to answer the oft asked, “How much does it cost to thru hike?!” Continue reading “How Much Does It Cost To Thru Hike – Ask A Thru Hiker”

How to layer your backpacking clothing (Like a thru hiker)

When I was first learning to backpack, I found it hard to figure out exactly what I needed to wear when I took off on the trail. I went through all sorts of different iterations of clothing systems and types of clothing and spent far too much time and money trying to nail down a working system. But with practice comes experience and, after three thru hikes, I’ve settled on a simple, yet versatile system for layering my clothing. Check out the video after the break for more info, I’ll also post the links to the clothing I recommend beneath the video. Continue reading “How to layer your backpacking clothing (Like a thru hiker)”