Share Your Thoughts – Win a Solo Stove

Solo stove

Way back in August of 2012 I was contacted by Jeff of Solo Stove to see if I would be interested in testing one of his stoves and sharing my thoughts via my blog. I was just one of many outdoor bloggers that he contacted. Here are a few notable blogs that have reviewed the […]

BioLite Camp Stove – Quick Look! (video)


I’ve been waiting for the new BioLite Camp Stove to arrive for what seems like a very long time now, more than two years. Well, that day finally arrived on Monday and I’m very excited about testing it out. I haven’t had much time to use it, I posted photos and more videos on my […]

All New BioLite CampStove | Reserve Yours!

I wanted to share some new information about the BioLite CampStove that was brought to my attention by Steve and Andy. It appears that the BioLite is now available for pre-order for those of you that want to reserve one for 2012 – and it’s had some significant enhancements since our first glimpse. Clearly it’s […]

BioLite Thermoelectric CampStove Update!

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about a revolutionary new type of backpacking stove called the BioLite Thermoelectric Camp Stove. The BioLite is revolutionary because unlike nearly every other type of wood burning stove on the market, the BioLite claims to have reduced the smoke emissions from burning wood by 90% through clever […]

My UL Fire Starting Kit

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that when I’m out hiking, whether it’s a multi-day hike or short day hike, my fire starting needs are pretty basic. Typically the only time I need to start a fire is when I’m cooking or boiling water to heat up some dehydrated food, make some soup, […]

BioLite Thermoelectric Wood Stove

I’m a big fan of wood burning stoves and wood gas stoves. I love taking my Littlbug Jr. Stove and Zebra billy can with me on short hikes (it’s too heavy for long hikes) and I like the idea of using small sticks, twigs and pieces of available wood as my fuel for cooking instead […]

Ben’s Backwoods Cook Kit

Let me start this post by saying that this kit is not an ultralight cooking kit by any means, heck it’s not even a light weight cooking kit, but after using it for quite some time in various different configurations I’m really beginning to like it. I have the 14cm version of the Ben’s Backwoods […]

My Updated Trail Cooking System

Back in April of last year, I wrote about my alcohol stove trail cooking system and the individual components that it comprises of. Since then I have been seriously rethinking how I cook while on the trail and the types of foods I tend to cook.  My intent was to refine my system such that […]

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 […]

Camping Classic – Waterproofing Matches

This will expose both my technology geek side and my backpacking nerd side in one blog post. So, just the other day, I was reading my self-made eBook version of Horace Kephart’s classic, “Camping and Woodcraft“, on my iPod Touch when I came across a beautiful little nugget of camping wisdom explaining how to weather-proof […]