Some ideas nag in your head more than others; an incomplete journey is certainly one of those ideas. A few weeks after our failed attempt to hike around Snowbank Lake in the BWCAW (Part 1, Part2) we became hungry for a rematch against the trail. Winter came and went, and spring gave way to summer. Almost without provocation,… More Snowbank Lake Trail: Resolution
Previously I posted about Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters Geo coffee packets. I was excited to try another option for coffee on the trail. The thought of high quality coffee while backpacking had my mouth watering. There’s nothing like rolling out of your tent on a cool morning for some vestibule side coffee. Well, the Geo packets… More Trail Coffee: Little Red Wagon Geo, Revisited
I’m going to be straight with you, you don’t need a tarp but you’ll want to have one. After all my adventures camping and backpacking for the last decade I have never needed a tarp. Tarps to me always seemed like accessories or even luxuries, nice to have but it certainly never made it on any of… More Tarps; shed the rain & boost morale.
It’s new tent time! Who doesn’t love new gear? It just makes you want to jump in the car and drive 4 to 6 hours north and bound through the woods. Today’s excitement is brought to you by the clever folks at Nemo. I have been using an REI Quarterdome T2 Plus for a couple years,… More Nemo Veda 2p Backpacking Tent Review
A buddy noticed an article on Backpacking Light Geo Coffee Review* reviewing a trail friendly coffee product, the Little Red Wagon Coffee Roasters’ Geo. I ordered a 12-pack of the neat little packets in the Panama – Camiseta Estate offering. I decided to test out the coffee in my office. The process was simple: hook the paper… More Coffee on the Trail: Little Red Wagon Geo Review
Last fall, a couple buddies and I hiked the Border Route Trail, an amazing 65 mile wilderness hike along the Minnesota – Canada border. One of my cohort created a couple of videos documenting our trip. It’s a bit delayed, but look out for a write-up in the future.
I’ll admit that I’m pretty much a coffee addict. I love a couple cups in the morning, and on cold mornings it practically transcendent. My go-to coffee solution has been Starbucks Via packets. While I’d prefer a french press, I don’t want to deal with that on the trail. Via packets taste (not great, but)… More Coffee on the Trail
I love preparing for backpacking trips. Making lists, assembling gear, thinking about new gear… Watching Youtube videos has become a standard part of that preparation. Shug’s videos are a favorite in our crew. Getting ready for our Sioux Hustler Trail trip in a month, Shug’s hike of that trail was a must watch. And any… More Preparing is Half the Fun
You would think after my last camping trip, I had enough cold camping. But when you find a group of like minded individuals, things start to sound like a good idea. And that’s how I ended up sleeping in a tent on top of a bluff on a -17 degree (Fahrenheit) night. It was a… More Afton Cold Camp, January 2014
(this has been sitting in my drafts for far too long…) Read Part 1 Going to bed cold sucks. But if you can get dry, and if your gear is warm enough, you can get comfortable and sleep well. There are other things that you can do. I think it’s good to get warm and get… More Falling Into Winter: Backpacking in November, Part II