Anybody else try the SOL Escape Bivy? I found one on clearance for $35 shipped and…

Anybody else try the SOL Escape Bivy? I found one on clearance for $35 shipped and thought I'd give it a try. $50 is too rich for my blood given the mixed reviews and stories how it's a tight fit. Only been wanting one for 2 years. The features I liked in the ads are […]

There is something about being on the Ice Age Trail in single degree weather

Wife sent me packing with a buddy for my birthday. I think she started a dangerous precedent. 43 lbs missed the ultra light mark by a shade but that had food for a week, not two days. A pound of summer sausage weighs a pound. Who knew? I was packing for -7f. Clouds rolled in […]

I decided to 'fix' a blanket I got from freecycle

It is a military wool blanket. I love wool blankets for camping and hanging out outdoors. I don't much care for the olive green – even though green is my favorite color.So I dyed one side of if grey. I couldn't find anybody else online (just a short search) that dyes a single side of […]

I picked up a new 'backpack' this weekend

227 grams, without the two dinky water bottles it came with. It's going to be challenging to get a 3 day trek into this itty bitty waist bag. Warm weather trips only. My last weekend trek last fall, water became a problem, so this is probably a bit water-focused. I am making 2 leather pouches […]

I recently purchased an Ozark Trail LED Headlamp to replace one I left at my folk's…

I recently purchased an Ozark Trail LED Headlamp to replace one I left at my folk's place. I was hoping for a AA headlamp, but walmart doesn't sell those anymore, so I got the cheapest AAA one they had as it sported the longest battery life. It doesn't have the features of the other lamps, […]