Trip reports and gear reviews

GSI Halulite Minimalist II review: the best budget ultralight cook set (in my opinion)

GSI Halulite Minimalist II review: the best budget ultralight cook set (in my opinion)

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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Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams

Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams

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.

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Bikepacking in Patagonia –  from El Bolsón to  Bariloche

Bikepacking in Patagonia – from El Bolsón to Bariloche

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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Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

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. 

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