Our JMT Thru Hike, What Worked & What Didn’t

Our JMT Thru Hike, What Worked & What Didn't

So I know that everyone has been wondering exactly how our John Muir Trail thru hike went, and more specifically what worked and what didn’t. From a gear side of things we were pretty well dialed in from the get go. True, we had to overnight some shoes while on the trail and subsequently swap […]

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike – Part 2

Ultimate guide to planning a JMT thru hike

Welcome to part 2 of the Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike, where we discuss everyones least favorite thing in the world… Logistics… the four letter word of planning So you have your gear pretty well dialed in, but you still don’t know how you’re going to get to the trail, how the […]

Accepting Adventure – Hiking the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail (JMT)

Like most people, I work 40 hours each week in an office, fill my evenings with other obligations and try to spend as much time with my kids as possible. I spend weekends hiking, climbing the occasional mountain and take as many family camping trips as possible. I definitely live for the weekends, but still […]

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike – Part 1

Ultimate Guide to Planning a JMT Thru Hike

The title sort of suggests a bold claim right? Well, this two part series will help you prepare for the John Muir Trail (JMT) in two major areas. In part 1 we will cover everyones favorite, gear. In the second edition of the series we will cover the dreaded logistics of planning a thru hike. […]

Hikes Rarely Go Exactly As Planned

Some times, no matter how carefully you plan a trip things just go wrong. Sh*t happens as they say. A piece of gear will break unexpectedly, something important will get accidentally left behind, that carefully planned resupply won’t arrive on time, or someone will get hurt – it could be a myriad of scenarios and at some […]

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 […]

What’s Your Biggest Gear Mistake?

We’re always showing off our latest and greatest gear and discussing the best possible ways to do things – usually based on our experiences gained through trial and error. So that got me wondering, what are some of the biggest mistakes (errors) you’ve made? Whether it’s a bad gear purchase that at the time seemed […]

Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp

The Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp is a six – nine week online course designed for beginner-to-intermediate backpackers. It covers everything including philosophy, gear, and techniques to give you the confidence to explore wild places with a pack that weighs less than 10 pounds! The course is being offered by Ryan Jordan – ultralight backpacking guru, […]

Online Walking Time Calculator

I came across a really useful online walking time calculator during my daily reading and decided to share it with you all.  It’s pretty flexible and can even help you adjust your times to account for ascents (Naismith’s Rule) and fatigue (Tranter’s Corrections). Worth checking out and bookmarking! Naismith’s Rule:Is named after the Scottish climber […]