Mt. Whitney and Altitude Sickness

Last week I traveled to the West Coast to meet up with Jason Klass and Ben Tang (Ben2World) for a multi-day hike up Mt. Whitney with the ultimate goal of reaching the summit. However, due to increasingly severe symptoms of altitude sickness I had to turn back at around 13,500ft and wasn’t able to top […]

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 […]

GORP – My Preferred Recipe

GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) and trail mixes in general are typically a combination of dried fruit, grains, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, all thrown together as a snack food that is easy to take on hikes or backpacking. For many of us (myself included) GORP is considered an ideal snack food for hiking, because […]

Blister Challenge – May The Best Foot Win!

Well more accurately, may the luckiest foot win – depending on which of the these two products does the better job of protecting my feet from blisters. As part of my upcoming trip to Mt. Whitney in a few weeks, I’ll be doing a side-by-side test of Hydropel (right foot) and BodyGlide Liquified Powder (left […]

The Tarp Bivy Combo: Your Sub 1lb Shelter

Making the switch to a tarp didn’t happen quickly for me, the thought of creepy crawlies walking all over me while I slept wasn’t exactly alluring. Over the years I’ve slowly reduced the weight of my shelters, mostly tents and hammocks, but eventually I reached the point where tents and hammocks were holding me back […]

DIY Skeletonized $3 Pot Lifter

Continuing on my gear hacking spree, the next unwilling victim is my aluminum pot lifter. I’ve been using an Open Country aluminum pot lifter for the past two years and really like the added security and safety it affords me when lifting my hot Snow Peak 600 cup up off of a stove or out […]

Snow Peak 600 – Handle Grip Mod

This is my second Snow Peak 600 cup. My previous one got irreparably damaged (read as “stood on”) last season. Obviously I’m a big fan of this cup if I bought another one, but there were always two things that I had wanted to improve about it – by now you should all know that […]

Hydropel vs. BodyGlide Liquified Powder


Is Hydropel really as good as all the hype? I’m sure you’ve all read about it like I have and probably wondered if it’s really as good as everyone says it is, and more importantly, whether it’s worth $20 for a 2oz tube? That’s a lot of money even if it does last a long […]