I have been a fan of Foxelli trekking poles for some time now. They are inexpensive, well-built, and have all the wish list features I look for (cork main grips, foam secondary grips, aluminum/carbon bodies, quick-lock bindings, and a full set of accessories). Plus Foxelli is just a cool company with actual humans on site … Continue reading Foxelli Trekking Poles Review and “Channelversary” Giveaway!
Base layer. Mid layer. Shell. Inner layer. Outer layer. Rain gear. . . . There's no universal vocabulary for hiking layering, but here's how I think it through. Full Video HERE.
If you are hiking with an umbrella, this ultra light hands-free gadget will come in very . . . handy! Full video HERE! VIDEO LINKS:Gossamer Gear Handsfree Umbrella ClampEuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella
Whether you're flying out to start a major thru hike or walk the Camino de Santiago, there are several opportunities for losing your backpacking gear. Here I break down the three major stages of airline boarding, and offer some tips as to how to navigate each one successfully. Click HERE for full video!
My hike on the Pioneer Express Trail along the American River (18 miles, 1,350') included a canal, a hydro-electric plant, and a bear. A BEAR! Guess he was tired of the lockdown too! Full video HERE!
For some time now I've been looking for inexpensive, lightweight, waterproof gloves for hiking. The $10 SLB's didn't cut it. Will the $14 Vebes do the trick - or will I need to throw caution to the wind and go for the $40 Sealskinz? Find out HERE!
This channel began as a way to share my preparations for walking the Camino de Santiago in 2020 (in fact it was originally called Camino MMXX!). Today I was supposed to leave for Spain but alas, the Coronavirus panic has ruined those plans. So what is next? Is a fall Camino possible? Full video HERE!
While you don't want to bring too much stuff on your Camino pilgrimage, there are some very useful gadgets out there you might want to consider. HERE are several!
This is a fairly unknown loop trail near Cache Creek, CA. It was my longest day hike to date at 20+ miles and 4,400'-5,100' elevation gain (depending on whether you believe All Trails or the GPS). It begins at the bottom of one ridge, goes up and over the top, down into the valley, then … Continue reading Hiking the Blue Ridge 20 Mile Loop
You've heard of lightweight and ultralight backpacking - but let's face it, sometimes you just need a luxury item or two. Or TWELVE! Welcome to Ultralux Backpacking (TM).