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July 10, 2015

The WindBurner (formerly WindBoiler before JetBoil’s protest) is an all-in-one canister stove system consisting of a burner, windscreen, pot/mug, lid, cup, and fuel canister support. It’s made by MSR and is intended to be a convenient stove system for the solo hiker that handles windy conditions without issue. I won (via a random contest entry!) a Windboiler back in 2014…

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June 17, 2015

This is the final chapter of our series. Our previous article (Part IV) focused on using Google Earth to create maps that will work with our navigational apps. In this article we’ll be focusing on Caltopo as our trip planning tool to create digital maps – and to make some prints. This will start off with the basics so it…

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June 14, 2015

Our series continues and we’re getting close to wrapping it up. Our previous article (Part III) discussed the pro’s and con’s of Google Earth and Caltopo as trip planning tools. In this article we’re going to look exclusively at using Google Earth to create some maps. This will start off with the basics so it should be as good a…

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June 12, 2015

This post is less about Smartphones than the other articles in this series (Part I, Part II) and more about trip planning software, however it integrates into the subject perfectly and without this piece of the puzzle the other articles are not quite complete. So, in this installment we’ll be taking a quick look at two software packaces: Google Earth…

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May 25, 2015

This is the second post in our 3-part series about Smartphones in the Backcountry. We just wrapped up a primer on all things-smartphone in Part I. Now we’ll take a look at several types of apps that will be essential to making the most of your smartphone in your outdoor activities. These will include apps for navigation, activity tracking, geocaching,…

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May 22, 2015

Smartphones… many of us own one and use it on a daily basis. They’re great for accomplishing all the tasks of modern urban existence… texting, tweeting, checking email, taking selfies, taking pictures of latte’s and charcuterie on wooden planks… you know, important stuff. They don’t seem so smart though once you’re off the grid. Don’t despair however. In this post…

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April 15, 2015

Brian Cizek, the owner and inventor of the Aqua Clip was kind enough to send me a few samples to check out late 2013. It’s an interesting little product that makes changes the way a water bottle is carried. Of those samples I took a handful to the GGG West event in January 2014 and gave them out to interested…

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March 11, 2015

The Arc Blast is an ultralight backpack featuring Cuben Fiber construction as well as a tensionable, arc-shaped carbon fiber frame manufactured by ZPacks, a smaller gear manufacturer located in Florida. ZPacks have been steadily growing in reputation and popularity among lightweight backpackers due to their line of shelters, sleeping bags/quilts, clothing, and of course backpacks. I have been hiking with…

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February 17, 2015

Dirty Girl Gaiters are lightweight ankle gaiters which work well for keeping out dirt, rocks, and weeds while hiking and running. As their website says “Dirty Girl Gaiters are made in America by goddesses from their empire of dirt in Green Valley, Arizona”. All the profits from these flamboyant and fantastic gaiters are donated to various charitable organizations, which adds…

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December 12, 2014

The Circuit is a fully featured, lightweight backpack made by Ultralight Adventure Equipment (“ULA”), a medium-sized manufacturer of backpacks based in the US. ULA has a very good reputation among long distance hikers, and although I’m not one of them I have spent quite a bit of time on the trail with my Circuit. Here are my thoughts on it……

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