Category Archives: Helpful information

What I wish I knew when I started hiking and backpacking, but didn’t…. Part 1: How to get started

I’ve been told to write a book.  I’m not sure why.  I didn’t invent anything and I don’t have knowledge that’s not available to the general public.  I HAVE spent a considerable amount of time in the woods and I … Continue reading

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Distances between points in the Sipsey Wilderness

One of the frustrating things about planning hikes in the Sipsey Wilderness is finding the distances between trail intersections or from one intersection to the trailhead.  All that is officially listed are the lengths of the individual trails. Well, I … Continue reading

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SPOT Gen 3 Satellite Messenger review

Where I spend most of my time hiking is outside of cell phone service and I wanted a way to allow some communication with my wife and family. I have been debating for some time what type of device to … Continue reading

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Gaia GPS App vs Garmin GPS

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I believe you should first have and know how to use a map and compass when backcountry hiking. The advantage of a map and compass is that it never needs batteries, works anywhere, and is … Continue reading

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How NOT to pack like a Noob for an Overnight (or two) Backpacking Trip

During the first several backpacking trips I found myself digging through my backpack looking for an item that I “knew” was in there, but didn’t know where. Believe it or not, there have even been a few items that I … Continue reading

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Lightweight 2 night, 20 mile hiking backpacking packing list and description

It seems that some people cannot figure out how to lighten the load when backpacking. While this is totally subjective to the individual, I created this blog post detailing my load for a two night, 20 day hike in a … Continue reading

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Sipsey Wilderness Map Information

I am often asked where I obtain my information for the Sipsey Wilderness. I’ll give away (some of) my secrets….. My most often used map and in my opinion the best map for for backpacking use is the CartoCraft map. … Continue reading

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My “lightweight” packing list

If you have been reading my blog, you know that one of my goals is to enjoy spending time outdoors. Once of the ways to enjoy hiking and camping is by carrying less weight (makes hiking more enjoyable) while carrying … Continue reading

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What to pack or bring when backpacking and hiking

“What do you take” or “What should I take when going camping?” This is often the question first asked. Like most hobbies, you really don’t have to spend much to get started – or you can spend a fortune – … Continue reading

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Keys to going “lightweight”

First, we need to cover a couple of definitions.  These are my opinion and are flexible.  All the weights listed below are everything you carry except food and water for single night to multi night trips for spring, summer, and fall.  … Continue reading

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