Category Archives: Backpacking

Initial Impressions of Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad

I recently had my first recent section hike of the Appalachian Trail. A portion of the trail (over 70 miles) passes through the Smoky Mountains and section hikers are required to make reservations and sleep in the shelters. I’m primarily … Continue reading

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Initial impressions of the Thrupack Summit Bum – Pocket

One of my goals in the past few years has been a lighter pack weight and to hike more efficiently.  I am pretty happy with my pack weight and gear. My base weight (everything except food and water) for cold … Continue reading

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How to put in higher mileage days when backpacking

I will never set a speed record for long distance hiking, but I am always looking for ways to improve my overall hiking speed. I will share a few of the things I have learned in my years of backpacking … Continue reading

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“Going to ground” from a hammock when backpacking

Recently, there have been several post in blogs and forums about “going to ground” from a hammock. If unfamiliar with this concept, it is the idea to go from hanging in a hammock to sleeping on the ground. Most often … Continue reading

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Track my progress real-time on my SPOT GPS Messenger

I’m leaving tomorrow (10/5/2019) morning to drive to Elkmont, Tennessee and begin a 4 day, 35 mile backpacking trip. To show how a SPOT GPS Messenger works, I am sharing my public page where you can track my progress. There … Continue reading

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My personal backpack packing list/weight planning spreadsheet

I love a good spreadsheet. Here is the one I’m currently using. It does graphs, percentages, and lots of things you may not need. This information is actually my packing list for a trip I leave on tomorrow to the … Continue reading

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LightHeart Gear Rain Jacket initial impression

My gear list is always being refined.  While looking at a spreadsheet I use for planning what to pack and where I can improve my pack weight, one area that has stuck out recently is my rain jacket. I have … Continue reading

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