Category Archives: Equipment

Book Review-The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka

There is nothing like looking at gear when the weather is to bad to be out hiking.  I have known about this book for quite awhile, but never wanted to spend the money to buy it.  I checked it out … Continue reading

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I Feel Lucky

It is late April 2014, I am reading the May 2014 issue of Backpacker magazine.  The inside front cover has a two-page spread about the Fjällräven Classic–a 110 km hike in Sweden. I am intrigued.  Hiking in Sweden sounds like … Continue reading

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Breaking in new shoes in the rain at 900 miles

July 1st

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Frustations from the trail

When I decided to go on the trail, I decided NOT to have a cell phone.  I figured that the reception wouldn’t be there when I needed it.  I didn’t have a smart phone and wasn’t text-ing so didn’t see … Continue reading

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What a difference a pack makes….

sung to that great Dinah Washington tune. Some of you may recall from a previous post that I’ve been having so much pain in my shoulders–caused from the pack weight.  It didn’t seem to matter what or how much I … Continue reading

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L. L. Bean Ascent Packaway Pullover part 1

This is a great lightweight synthetic down pullover.  I use it as a sweater.  I purchased the pullover about a year now and have been pleased with its performance.  The zipper is deep which makes it easy for getting on … Continue reading

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Jet Boil

Prairie Dog decided to buy a Jet Boil–it was on sale and it was orange (more on that in a later post).  It seemed like a really cool way to cook food on the trail—boiling water in under 3 minutes.  … Continue reading

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