Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

Packing list for dogs

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 […]

Affordable and Useful Holiday Gift Ideas


The holidays are right around the corner and I’m getting lots of inquiries about holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy loved ones. Here are a couple of small backpacking, hiking, and camping related gear picks based on things that I own, use, and would highly recommend to anyone. Unlike many of the holiday gear gift lists that you’ll see popping […]

Eight Ways To Carry Less Backpacking Gear

eight ways to carry less gear backpacking gear

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it”, but is that really true and is it at all applicable to lightweight backpacking? > Pack light, go fast.   By far the most common requests I get via email are to help lighten […]

Ten Outdoor Gift Ideas For Under $50

ESEE Candiru

The Leatherman Squirt PS4: Hands down one of my favorite mini-tool options for backpacking and every day use. It has just the right combination of features, it’s extremely well made, and light enough to carry without ever knowing your have it with you. If you’re not sure about getting one – just get one! REI […]

Urban Packing | 8 Days, One Mean Rucksack

One Mean Rucksack

At the end of the week my wife, kids, and I will be heading overseas to England to visit my family. It will be the first time my two small kids have ever been to England and their first time meeting their aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s going to be exciting. I’m sharing this because […]

Gear Lists – Not Just For Gram Weenies!


For reasons unknown to me, a lot of backpackers think that making a detailed gear list is the sign of an ultralight fanatic or that you’ve crossed over to the UL darkside and become a dreaded gram weenie. I’m here to tell you otherwise. It’s true that a gear list can be an extremely powerful […]

My Mt. Whitney Gear List

This coming weekend I’ll be flying out to California to spend a few days climbing Mt. Whitney with some friends. I don’t always bother making gear lists, but for this trip I thought it would be a really good opportunity to put together a detailed gear list that I could share. Gear lists are a […]