Summiting Mt. Whitney Without AMS

Earlier this year I successfully summited Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous US, after almost exactly one year to the week that I had to give up on a previous attempt due to acute mountain sickness (AMS), or altitude sickness.┬áThankfully I didn’t have any issues or symptoms of AMS this time round because […]

High Altitude Gear Testers Wanted!

I’ll bet that many of you have read my gear reviews and thought “heck, I could do that if I was given free gear” or “how hard could that be?” Well continue reading to find out how five lucky readers can get the opportunity to score some free gear samples and write a review of […]

SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger Failed Check-ins

There were three reasons why I recently decided to start carrying a SPOT II Satellite GPS Messenger; to be able to check in remotely to let my family know that I am safe, to have a way to signal for help in the event of an emergency, and to track the progress of my hikes […]

Peak Design Capture Review – Camera Clip System

Peak Design Capture review.

Ever since recently buying a new backpacking camera, a Lumix GF2, I’ve been trying different ways to carry it with me on my backpacking trips. The first, and simplest, way I tried was to attach the neck strap to the camera and hang it around my neck, but I quickly discovered how bad that was […]

Mt. Whitney Bound…Again!

On Saturday morning I will be flying to California to spend a couple of days backpacking the Mt. Whitney portal trail with my good friend Ben Tang. This will be my second attempt to summit Whitney. If you recall, at about this time last year I made the same trip but was unable to reach […]

PROBAR – Organic Meal Replacement Bars

You may have noticed that I’ve been trying a lot of snack bars lately. I’ve been on the hunt for a bar that tastes great, has the nutritional value that I want, and isn’t full of sugars or corn syrup. Snack bars and food in general is a very personal thing based on preference and […]

It’s All About Color! – Outdoor Retailer Show

I had a great time at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City this past week. It was my first time attending and I have to admit that it was quite overwhelming, in a good way. My mind is spinning with ideas for follow up blog posts, so stay tuned for more specific […]

Hydration 101 | Water Enhancers?

One of the biggest problems I have with staying hydrated is that water on it’s own tastes bland. There’s nothing better than when I’m on the trail and I have the luxury of drinking from an ice cold mountain stream. Even after being filtered, the crisp, cold taste of the naturally flowing water is hard […]

Are Dome Tents Best For Mountain Hiking?

I’m considering buying a one-person tent. I think I’m going to need it for my second trip to Mt. Whitney later this summer, but that’s sort of a new thing for me having gotten used to a tarp and bivy combo and before that a hammock. The only tents I have are for ‘family’ camping. […]

Carrying Your Poop | The WAG Bag Waste Kit

No other topic of conversation regarding my recent Mt Whitney trip has elicited more interest than having to poop in a WAG bag. It both fascinates and astonishes people that there could be such a bizarre requirement as to have to carry your own poop out with you and that you get provided with WAG […]