10 Pound Backpack to Hike 100 Miles

That's the total weight of everything in my backpack—gear, food, water, and stove fuel to hike 102 miles of the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park in 3 days. No fair weather hiking: with rain, sleet, light snow and hard freezes at night. I think I am very close to dialing in a Light Pack that is also supremely efficient at covering long trail miles.

By | April 17th, 2016|Hammocks, Skills, Trip Reports|18 Comments

Great Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors

This is an excellent Method to Manage Hammock Tarp Doors. It's fast and simple to use. It keeps the tarp doors neatly and securely out of the way dry weather or when you are getting in and out of the hammock. But it also quickly secures the tarp doors if needed—like when a rain storm quickly moves in. And it's a great do-it-yourself project.

By | March 31st, 2016|DIY do-it-yourself, Hammocks, Skills|15 Comments

Hammock Camping Part I: Advantages & disadvantages versus ground systems

"In locations where trees are readily available—nearly all of the eastern United States plus a fair amount of the Mountain West—a hammock is likely the best sleep system." This is the introductory post of a three part series Part I: Advantages and disadvantages versus ground systems Part II: Types of hammocks, and spec comparisons to ground [...]

By | October 28th, 2015|Hammocks|7 Comments

8 Pound – Appalachian Trail Gear List

A 9 ounce hammock: This Gear List suggests using a hammock, which on the AT has significant comfort and performance advantages vs. a tent. A three season (spring, summer, fall) Appalachian Trail Gear List This gear list is fine tuned to the climate and terrain of the Appalachian trail rather than the more generic 9 Pound – [...]

By | October 28th, 2015|Gear List, Hammocks|8 Comments

Hammock Camping Part III: Helpful tips and resources for a virgin hammock camper

"In locations where trees are readily available—nearly all of the eastern United States plus a fair amount of the Mountain West—a hammock is likely the best sleep system." This is part of a three part series Part I: Advantages and disadvantages versus ground systems Part II: Types of hammocks, and spec comparisons to ground systems Part III: [...]

By | September 4th, 2015|Beginners, Hammocks|0 Comments

Hammock Camping – Part II: Types of backpacking hammocks, and spec comparison to ground systems

"In locations where trees are readily available—nearly all of the eastern United States plus a fair amount of the Mountain West—a hammock is likely the best sleep system." This is part of a three part series Part I: Advantages and disadvantages versus ground systems Part II: Types of hammocks, and spec comparisons to ground systems Part III: [...]

By | September 4th, 2015|Beginners, Hammocks|1 Comment