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Gearhead: Teva Verdon WP Light Hiking Shoes

Comfortable, effective footwear is important not only when out on the trail, but in day to day life. No one enjoys uncomfortable feet. Soft, cushioned insoles and a waterproof outer are not always part of the deal, but when you pick up a pair of Teva's Verdon WP (Water Proof) you get just that.

By |April 5th, 2011|Gear|0 Comments

Gearhead: GSI JavaPress Coffee Maker

Hate the idea of instant coffee, even when it's a more practical solution? So do I. Two years ago before a backcountry cabin trip, my husband and I decided it was time to own a coffee press.

By |March 16th, 2011|Gear|1 Comment

Gearhead: Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0 Sleeping Bag

  By Patrick Gensel When camping during the colder months of the year, keeping warm is a big deal. A cold, uncomfortable night can easily send even the most seasoned outdoorsy folks packing for the car. That is why it is important to have a adequately warm sleeping bag for your chosen area, season and

By |March 10th, 2011|Gear|0 Comments

Gearhead: Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

Whether climbing on a chilly winter day in Joshua Tree’s Wonderland of rocks, or gearing up for a month long epic on the John Muir Trail, being able to boil water is pretty important. There are many different canister stoves on the market, and as you may have guessed, they are not all created equal.

By |March 1st, 2011|Gear|0 Comments

Gearhead: Baladeo 22G Ultra Lightweight Backpacking Knife

In the quest for the lightest pack, many adventurers are stumbling across Baladeo’s 22G knife. As itsname suggests, it weighs only 22 grams. Can a backpacking knife this “ultra light” actually get the job done? A knife of this caliber certainly isn’t going to chop down a tree, and cannot substitute for a survival knife.What

By |February 3rd, 2011|Gear|1 Comment

GearHead: Grivel G14 New-Matic Crampons

Now that I have a few uses under my feet I can safely say I am ready to talk about the Grivel G14 New-Matic Crampons. When I first started researching a new pair of crampons, there were a couple things I knew I needed them to do: Multi-Purpose: General Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Replaceable frontpoints

By |January 27th, 2011|Gear|1 Comment

Gearhead: La Sportiva Makalu Mountaineering Boots

For me, good footwear is critical, it takes a lot to make my feet happy. I have had my fair share of foot and ankle injuries, so getting my footwear right is key to a happy experience outdoors. When it comes to footwear for mountaineering and ice climbing there are lots of choices and lots

By |January 24th, 2011|Gear|1 Comment

Inate Shiru Vacuum Food Container

While some people seem to have the whole “food on the trail” thing down to a science, I’m probably with the majority of people who find food preparation one of the more stressful parts of planning for a backpacking or hiking journey. Getting out the stove, preparing a little meal, and cleaning everything

By |January 3rd, 2011|Backpacking, Gear, Hiking|0 Comments

GearHead: Vibram Five Fingers KSO Barefoot Running Shoes

I step off of my porch, my forefoot contacts the concrete toes first. My heel barely touch the surface before my other foot repeats this process. I feel the texture of the ground as it changes beneath my feet, but I am not worried about injury. I am wearing a second layer of

By |December 9th, 2010|Gear|2 Comments

Essential Items for A Multi-Day Trek

From backpacking stretches of the Appalachian Trail to multi-day climbing trips in Joshua Tree National Park I have spent some time playing outdoors and have found out what works and what doesn't when it comes to gear. Packing the appropriate items is especially important when spending multiple days in the backcountry. Whether your

By |December 7th, 2010|Backpacking, Gear, Hiking|0 Comments
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