Archive for the 'Gear' Category

Trekking Poles for Easier Times Hiking

When you’re hiking, it can sometimes be helpful to have something that can give you a better grip on things, especially if you’re dealing with rougher terrain. I’ve personally had some really difficult hikes in my past where I wished that I had something that mi8ght have helped me along a bit. That’s why I […]


An Alps Mountaineering Weekender Seat Keeps Me from Sitting in the Dirt

I am the leader of a Girl Scout troop, which means that during the summer I can often be found out in the woods camping with the kids that I lead. Wherever we go when we are camping, we will usually end up sitting on the ground around a fire or while learning something important. […]


Watching Birds with Alpen Binoculars

Bird-watching has always been a fun and relaxing hobby for me. It’s something that was introduced to me by my grandmother, who gave me a book about all of the birds that lived in our area and what could be done to spot them or tell them apart from other birds. I read through the […]


Keeping Liquid in a Bota Bag

It’s important to stay hydrated as well as you can when you’re spending time out in the wilderness. You want to ensure that you have a source of fresh water at all times, so that you don’t have to worry about getting thirsty. If you got lost or anything like that, this becomes even more […]


Having the Right Hiking Gear is Important

Hiking can be a very fun hobby for the whole family to enjoy; it can be a leisurely activity that’s a great experience for everyone. It can also be challenging and harrowing and potentially dangerous. It really just depends on the places that you are choosing to go hiking at. Certain areas for hiking are […]


Not Just a Canteen – a Hydration System

Hydration is a very important thing, as I realized anew this weekend to my chagrin, because I had a stomach bug or something. But even when you’re not sick, water is the most important part of your intake. Fluids are often the first line of defense for everything from weight loss to sunstroke treatment. So […]


What a Great Idea – the Coleman Dual Fuel Lantern

Have you ever been camping and you ran out of propane or whatever fuel you used for your lantern and your camp stove or whatever? Or you had to choose between the camp stove and the lantern because you didn’t have enough fuel for both? I have, and it’s a pain in the neck, because […]


Hey, Boo Boo! Browning Yellowstone Sleeping Bag!

Yeah, yeah, Jellystone, I know. But I had to do it. I love that Browning names its sleeping bags after famous places to camp; I think that’s pretty cool. Or very warm, as the case may be. So the one named McKinley is good down to 0 Fahrenheit, the Klondike keeps the sleeper warm down […]


Hiking with a Waterproof Bag

I enjoy hiking in the rain. I realize that may sound strange to some people, but it is true. I don’t like to hike when it is hot and sunny. It just makes me feel sweaty and gross. I much prefer hiking with the rain falling onto my face and soaking my hair. It’s like […]


Super Accurate Sighting Compass

I have a compass. I’ve had it for (gulp!) 35 years, since I was a ten-year-old Girl Scout learning the ways of the woods and earning a badge for hiking. I kept it for sentimental value – as a suburbanite I don’t have much current use for it – and when I saw a need […]


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