For the past several years, my go-to stove and pot combo for trips where I want more capacity has been the MSR PocketRocket 2 and 800ml MSR Titan Kettle. The pot is large enough to accommodate cooking larger meals and, when empty, can fit a 100g gas canister, the stove, and a lighter with room to spare.
I recently ran across the new Jetboil Stash, Jetboil’s first venture into the ultralight stove game. I’ve been a long-time fan of the Jetboil Flash for quick boil times, but its weight makes it impractical to bring on longer backpacking trips. Could the Stash deliver quick boil times and low fuel consumption while shedding almost half the weight?
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The 2020 fire season in California was brutal. Many of the trails near the Bay Area that I’ve hiked in the winter went up in smoke. The fire in the Santa Cruz mountains meant that the alternate routes I planned before my last bikepacking trip through Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and Big Basin were no longer options.
Continue reading “Bay Area bikepacking trip to the beach and redwoods”
2020 has been a tough year for backpacking in California. Most parks and forests were closed in the early season due to COVID restrictions. After a short summer, the Californa fire season kicked in, forcing most Californians to stay home for almost two months because of unhealthy smoke levels.
Continue reading “30-mile overnighter in California’s Emigrant Wilderness”
I met Brandon and Steve last year on an adventure trip organized by Andrew Skurka in Rocky Mountain National Park. We decided already during the trip that we should plan another adventure together since we all live near each other in California.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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