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Gear Testing: Rugged Solar Charging Power Packs

Rugged solar charging power banks

Odd timing, but I have been sent several different ruggedized, solar-powered, portable power banks recently. Maybe it’s a new year thing, beats me. I’ll admit that I’m not really the type of person that carries around a spare power bank for my smartphone or devices when I’m on the trail. My thinking is to conserve […]

The BBB Challenge Morale Patch

The BBB Challenge Morale Patch

There’s been a lot of online chatter lately about how to earn one of my BBB morale patches and “The BBB Challenge”. You may have heard it mentioned on the latest episode of the Red Teams Podcast, but there’s not much I can say right now. Expect it to be physical, mental, and potentially one […]

Trail Sign

Why Do You Hike?

It’s a pretty simple question, but have you ever stopped to really think about it? What is it about hiking and backpacking that motivates you enough to go outside, give up the so called ‘comforts’ of home, and sleep outdoors? Is it the sense of freedom? Sense of adventure? The peace and quite? Solitude? Time […]

Packing list for dogs

Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

Last month I wrote about transitioning my chocolate lab, and hiking partner, Coco to the Merrick Backcountry raw infused dog food line. That spurred a flurry of emails and questions via social media asking about hiking gear and packing lists for dogs. I was making preparations to take Coco on a short hike right as I […]

Merrick Backcountry Dog Food Review

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food

I’ve noticed that as my chocolate lab Coco has gotten older her eating habits have changed. We rescued Coco as a young dog approximately two years old so we never really had her as a puppy. When she was young she would devour any amount of food that we put out for her as soon […]

Brian Green Esbit Tray BGET Stove

The ‘BGET’ Esbit Tray Stove is Now in Production

Ever since I first posted about my frustration with Esbit fuel tablets (more than four years ago now) and my eventual solution of developing a more efficient Esbit tray stove, I have received a steady stream of emails from readers asking if I could make them a stove and sell it to them. Despite giving […]

Compass Caddy Review

Compass Caddy Review

Here’s a clever little Kickstarter project called the Compass Caddy. It let’s you carry your baseplate compass right on your trekking pole so that it’s easily accessible and ready for navigation while you’re hiking. The Compass Caddy is the brain child of Peter Knight an avid backpacker and hiker from Hadleigh, England. Fits all sizes Peter […]

weBBem watch giveaway

Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself. Choose your model I have a weBBem watch Traveler model (black PVD case) and Overlander […]

My backpacking three season layering system

My Favorite Hiking Apparel

I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos throughout my blog. It’s great to hear you’re digging around through my older articles. So for those of you that […]

Good To-Go Food Sample Pack Giveaway

The start of the year, for me and many others, consists of lots of food testing. I have some old faithful recipes and meals to fall back on, but I enjoy the process of trying new recipes, packaged meals, and just generally tinkering with food before the hiking year gets crazy. Better to test early and find […]

Paleo Meals to Go Review

Review of Paleo Meals To Go

At last, quality ingredients and freeze dried convenience combine to create delicious, healthy, and paleo-friendly backpacking meals. For quite some time now I’ve wondered how long it would be before paleo diet eating options would hit the outdoor industry. Well now they’re here and thanks to Paleo Meals To Go I couldn’t be happier. Eating […]

CertHero – An Easier Outdoor Certification Search

Meet Logan Randolph – professional mountaineering guide, ski patroller and outdoor certification guru. The last part may seem a little out of place. After years of working outdoors, Logan (and his partner Sam Aarons) founded the first centralized site for finding outdoor courses and certifications. It’s pretty awesome. Find the Perfect Course for You […]

webbem traveler watch

weBBem Traveler – Analog Watch

I own quite a few watches, as many of you probably know. Some of my watches could be considered “high-end” and others are better described as every day beaters. Not too long ago I designed my own set of retro compressor case Swiss dive watches that went into a limited product run of 500 pieces […]

Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter Folding Knife

Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

I don’t know of any other knives for $20 that can beat the Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter. It’s a ridiculously good value and worth considerably more. I running a quick knife giveaway for the blaze orange handle version that I reviewed earlier this year. It comes unboxed and very slightly used, so it would not be a […]

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