Ultralight backpacking is all about enjoying nature. You want to bring everything you need: nothing more, nothing less. But how do you know what you need? The answer is proper planning.Continue reading “How to plan an ultralight backpacking trip”
As I was hanging up my gear to dry after my recent trip to Colorado, I happened to notice something odd with my XLite inflatable pad. The insulation was gone.Continue reading “NeoAir XLite feeling cold? Check the insulation”
For me, the best way to learn new skills is to work with experts. Most of my backpacking has been on established trails until now. I wanted to learn the skills needed to safely and confidently start planning my own off-trail adventures. Andrew Skurka is one of the backpackers who I’ve followed online for several years. I’ve learned a lot from his insightful articles and videos, so when I saw that he’s arranging guided trips, I knew I wanted to go on one.Continue reading “Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip with Andrew Skurka”
Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 6 are the top sports GPS watches currently. Both are well made and include more features than you probably know what to do with. But both are also very expensive. How do you know you get the right one?Continue reading “Garmin Fenix 6 vs Suunto 9 in-depth comparison – there’s a clear winner”
Day 14 – 186miles, 4170ft ascent
I had prepared everything for the morning before going to bed. I’d gone through what I needed to do and in what order. I was packed up 20 minutes after my alarm went off. I even had time to have a quick coffee while I waited for Robbie to get ready.Continue reading “JMT: Crabtree Meadows to Mt. Whitney”
Day 13 – 19.5miles, 4000ft ascent
We woke up at 5. We wanted to get over Forrester Pass and Bighorn Plateau before any storms started forming.Continue reading “JMT: Forrester Pass and Crabtree Meadows”
Day 12 – 16.3 miles, 4575ft ascent
I slept in until 6:30 and had breakfast before heading out. The day started out in deep, dark woods, but the views started opening up as I gained elevation.Continue reading “JMT: Rae Lakes and Glenn Pass”
Day 11 – 21.1 miles, 3340ft ascent
My feet felt like lead after the previous day. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my breakfast and packed up camp just after seven and headed towards Mather pass.Continue reading “JMT: Palisade Lakes to the Woods Creek bridge”
Day 10 – 25.4 miles, 4100 ft ascent.
Today would be a long day. I started my climb up towards Muir Pass just after 7. Muir Pass would be the snowiest pass on the entire trail. Just a week before I headed out, the satellite images showed several miles of nonstop snow cover.Continue reading “JMT: Evolution Lake to Upper Palisade Lake”
Day 9 – 20.6 miles, 3700 ft ascent.
I slept well after the long day. I had some breakfast, packed up camp, and headed toward Muir Trail Ranch for my resupply. I was only a few miles from MTR, and it was all downhill. I ate my last Snickers bar on the just before I arrived. So far, my food planning was spot on.Continue reading “JMT: Senger Creek to Evolution Lake”