Rain Jacket Durability 101 – How to Select the Best Durable Rain Jacket

Rain jacket “durability” is a complex topic not well understood by most people. This post debunks some durability myths and clearly lays out what to look for in a durable rain jacket. Finally, we list some of the very best durable rain jackets on the market that are also light! If you can't wait, jump to [...]

By | 2017-11-21T13:07:16+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Lightweight Hiker’s Guide to REI Gear Up Get Out Sale

I've been an REI member since the mid 70's. Still, when a REI sale comes around, I get overwhelmed trying to find the best lightweight gear among the vast inventory. This year, I decided to prep by going for a 2 hour visit to my local REI Store, and then doing research online selecting more great lightweight hiking [...]

By | 2017-11-17T03:14:40+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|9 Comments

No Car Needed Appalachian Trail Section Hike – Roanoke to Shenandoah National Park

As of November, 2017 Amtrak offers service to Roanoke, VA. This makes another stunning section of the AT accessible via public transportation to most of the East Coast. This hike is just south of Shenandoah National Park. It's every bit as beautiful as "The Shen" but wilder and without the crowds! The guide that follows gives [...]

By | 2017-10-25T15:04:04+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

13 Essentials for the Modern Hiker – A Realistic “10 Essentials”

This article proposes a more realistic 13 Essentials that will better keep the modern hiker safe. This is because the Classic 10 Essentials (first proposed in the 1930's) need an update for the 21st Century given the realities of a modern day hiker. First, a major conceptual trap of the traditional 10 Essentials is that they are all gear. I would [...]

By | 2017-08-02T23:05:41+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Beginners, Gear List, Skills, Uncategorized|16 Comments

Huge Improvements to Next Gen Gaia GPS Hiking App

It's no mystery that Gaia GPS is the best hiking navigation App. But the Next Gen GAIA GPS Hiking App is vastly improved. The new maps are stunningly sharp and legible. It is much faster, and easier to use. And possibly the best feature of Next Gen GAIA GPS is the full line of National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps...

By | 2017-05-22T21:40:47+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Navigation, Uncategorized|15 Comments

Guide to Lightweight Down Jackets and Pants for Backpacking

Forget synthetics! Down rocks. A lightweight down jacket is the most weight and cost effective way to stay warm. Lightweight down jackets are less expensive than synthetics,* they weigh less, but most importantly they are so much warmer! It is true that down jackets may be one of the most expensive items in your kit. BUT, if [...]

By | 2017-11-22T20:27:31+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Clothing, Recommended Gear, Uncategorized|23 Comments