Turk’s Head Knot Paracord Woggle

Ok, so this is not strictly backpacking related, but it involves 550 paracord, knot tying, some creative use of wood glue, and the final result is pretty darn cool, so I thought I’d share it anyway. A woggle, for those of you that have never heard the term, is a device used to fasten the […]

Great Deals 50% Off or Better

Here are a couple of great gear deals that I came across and wanted to share. Now is a good time to get score some cheap gear for the remainder of this season or for the next. Salomon Quest Stretch Jacket – Men’s – ($96.93 was $200.00)The Salomon Quest Stretch jacket delivers excellent wind resistance, […]

GSI Pinnacle Soloist Cookset Giveaway!

The warmer weather is finally here, which means it’s time to get out on the trails and start cooking. So how would you like to start your 2010 backpacking and hiking season off with a free ultralight cooking set?  Well one lucky reader can by entering to win a GSI Pinnacle Sololist Cookset (a $40 […]

Xmas backpacking goodies

I thought I’d share with you all some of the very cool backpacking and hiking related gear goodies that I received this year as Christmas presents from my family. Most of these were on my list of ideas as very specific items, but a few were well considered surprises.  My family rocks! Black Diamond Orbit […]

Trail Food: Uncle Ben’s Microwave Ready Rice

Like many of you I’m always on the lookout for new foods that I can take with me when I go backpacking.  I’ve tried many of the Mountain House dehydrated food packages and for the most part they taste great and are easy to prepare on the trail, but the portions are typically for two […]

Homemade hot granola trail breakfast

I’ve been inspired by Phil’s homemade Logan bread to come up with some of my own replacement recipes for those expensive freeze dried food pouches that are marketed to hikers. For me, one of the most important meals of the day is breakfast. Have a bad breakfast and my day and the upcoming hike is […]