Confession: I have a lot of backpacking stoves and pots. I have a Jetboil that’s fast and fuel-efficient, but heavy. I also have a couple of different sized titanium pots that I use with a MSR Pocket Rocket 2 stove.
But the stove setup I most often end up using is the GSI Halulite Minimalist. It’s light enough, it packs small and comes with an insulated sleeve. And perhaps best of all: it’s cheap—less than $30 on Amazon.
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The Garmin Fenix 6 is a fantastic GPS sports watch. But as I mentioned in my Fenix 6 vs. Suunto 9 review, the software isn’t always the most intuitive.
The course navigation feature in the Garmin is really helpful, but it took me a long time to figure out it even existed.
Continue reading “Garmin Fenix 6 navigation: how to easily load a GPX file”
Last week my wife and I rented a cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills for our vacation. Of course, we brought with us our adventure dog, Nova.
Continue reading “4 dog-friendly day hikes near South Lake Tahoe”
I’ve been hiking in zero-drop trail runners for the past several years. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and dry out quickly, so I don’t need to worry about taking them off when fording creeks.
Continue reading “Inov-8 Terraultra G 260. The best zero-drop trail runner? [review]”
My previous backpacking trip to Desolation Wilderness had been a nice and leisurely weekend stroll. This time around, I wanted something more physically demanding and adventurous. I wanted to go higher, farther, and off-trail. Ideally, I wanted to go to Ansel Adams wilderness to revisit some of my favorite places along the JMT.
Continue reading “Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams”
As you start spending more time on the trail, you’ll quickly realize that Mountain House and other commercial backpacking meals can blow your budget fast.
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My friend Joonas and I had been planning an early June hiking trip to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite. We had a permit for June 4. Unfortunately for us, they opened for backpacking on the 5th, which meant we needed to find an alternate trip.
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Part 2: The desert
Read part 1 here.
After two nights in El Bolsón, we felt recharged and ready to continue our Patagonian bikepacking adventure.
Instead of taking Ruta 40 back out of town, we took a smaller dirt road that ran parallel with it. We passed tiny houses and hop farms getting ready for harvest. Just before rejoining the 40, we had to be careful crossing a bridge that was ready to fall apart.
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Part 1: The mountains
Ever since our Tahoe Rim Trail trip, my cousin and I had been planning to go on another adventure trip together. Since both of us like to bike, we quickly decided that we wanted to go bikepacking. Both of us wanted to visit Patagonia, so we started planning our trip to Argentina.
Continue reading “Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón”
It’s less than a month until I’m heading out to Patagonia for a 2-week bikepacking trip. Before heading out, I wanted to do a trial bikepacking trip to make sure my bike and all my gear work and to get a feel for where everything goes on the bike.
Continue reading “San Francisco Bay Area overnight bikepacking trip”