I like keeping a day pack ready to go at a moment's notice. It's easy enough to store my basics (gear minus food, water, and tech) in a small backpack and simply unload anything I don't need at the trailhead. Here I briefly go over my day hike loadout. FULL VIDEO HERE!
The Geigerrig RIG 700M is one of several small packs that come with the Geigerrig Hydration Engine - a pressurized bladder that does not rely on suction to deliver water and can even be used as a mini-shower!CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEO!
In my last video I showed you my one-day hike to the top of Half Dome Yosemite and back. Here I will show you the safety gear I used and discuss alternatives that might make for a better climb for you. FULL VIDEO HERE!
Like many hikers, Half Dome has been on my bucket list for some time. The first problem is that it requires a 17+ mile hike in addition to the climb - and if you don't get a wilderness permit on top of your Half Dome permit, you can't make it an overnight. The second problem … Continue reading Half Dome in a Whole Day
The Osprey Talon 22 has been widely hailed as one of the best day packs out there. I picked one up about a year ago and share my thoughts in this review. FULL VIDEO HERE!
Leavitt Meadows is just to one side of Sonora Pass California. It's a wild and beautiful area with several stunning mountain lakes. But - as I discovered - its trail system is sketchy in places. But if you're going to get "lost," this is a great place to do it! Join me on this fun … Continue reading Getting “Lost” in Leavitt Meadows
As a fair-skinned hiker I like to have a lot of protection from the sun - especially my head! Hiking hats come in many shapes and sizes and which is best depends on several factors. Here I review the Outdoor Research Sun Runner cap and compare it to the popular Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure hats … Continue reading Hiking Hat Showdown! Outdoor Research Sun Runner vs. Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure
Mountainsmith invented the hiking fanny....er....lumbar pack, and now they have released a brand new version of the popular "Tour" lumbar pack for 2020! The specs look great, but is it worthy of the anvil? We'll see! FULL VIDEO HERE!
FREE CHECKLIST! Forgetting things on the trail can be frustrating and even dangerous. In this video I go over my planning strategy and provide you with a FREE backpacking / hiking checklist that you can download and modify to suit your needs. FULL VIDEO AND CHECKLIST HERE!
Kennedy Meadows (North) is a popular stop on the Tahoe-Yosemite trail (and for PCT hikers just up the road). This trail is one of the longest sections that does not cross over a major road and the Relief Reservoir hike has creeks, rivers, bridges and offers some cool old machinery, a cave, and an explorable … Continue reading Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Hike