Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent Review

Used without the inner-nest, the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent deserves a serious look as an innovative, 2-PERSON pyramid shelter. But if you frequently use the outer shelter and inner-nest together, you might consider other options. E.g. lighter 1-person shelters like the TarpTent Notch, or Mountain Laurel Designs Solomid XL; or roomier, freestanding 2-person "true-tents" [...]

By | 2016-11-03T15:53:21+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Tents Tarps Shelters|6 Comments

Quick ways to reduce backpack weight

Want to shed backpack weight with the minimum of effort? The following are quick ways to reduce backpack weight. A few may surprise you...

Recommended Tents, Tarps and other Shelters

Possibly the best all-around, lightweight shelter is a pyramid shelter. I have used Pyramid Shelters on trips to Alaska, Patagonia, the Sierras, major European treks and around the world. (Picture of Alison in a Mountain Laurel Designs DuoMid XL on the G20 in Corsica. Considered to be the toughest long distance trek in Europe, the GR20 is legendary for its [...]

By | 2017-07-17T13:51:29+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Beginners, Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|27 Comments

The Big Three – Recommended Backpacking Gear

To save as much as 10 to 12 pounds with with the minimum of effort, look at The Big Three. 1) Backpack, 2) Tent/Shelter, and 3) Sleeping bag (or quilt). The lighter versions of these are just as functional as their heavier counterparts.

Recommended Pyramid Shelters

A pyramid shelter is likely your lightest effective shelter, unless the weather forecast is for constant, pouring-down rain or there are going to be a bunch of bugs (and there is an optional Innernet to handle that). This is the collective wisdom of literally decades of experience by most of the people I hike with.  I know that many readers [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:17:42+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|2 Comments

Recommended Tarps and Shaped Tarps

The 7.8 ounce MLD Cuben Fiber Grace Duo Tarp was our choice for the Wind River High Route: Don and I weathered a strong thunder and hailstorm at the back of Cirque of the Towers. Exposed at over 10,000 feet in a mountain meadow, it kept us and all our down gear dry. [...]

By | 2016-02-24T00:36:25+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|12 Comments

Recommended Tents and Tarptents

If you aren't up to Pyramids and tarps: Consider lightweight tents like the REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent, or the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent. (If you want to save some weight, look at the Tarptents, altho these will not be from REI.)

By | 2016-11-29T02:03:38+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Beginners, Recommended Gear, Tents Tarps Shelters|0 Comments