Going BerZERK on the Camino!

The Mountainsmith Zerk 40 is fairly new on the scene, and it has some unique features created by Tom Gathman ("The Real Hiking Viking"). It's a frameless "fast pack" / "peak bagger" boasting eight reachable external pockets in addition to its large back mesh. Weighing in at under 2 lbs., this pack is designed for … Continue reading Going BerZERK on the Camino!

Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)

The struggle is real. As I wrote about in My Pack, my Camino gear journey began with the gift of the Osprey Exos 38. On paper, this was the perfect Camino pack - it seemed to work just fine on my first test hike, and held my gear perfectly on my first pack test. The … Continue reading Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)

A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???

It probably sounds crazy to even suggest taking a 60 Liter backpack on the Camino, and for good reason: They have too much space! They cost too much! They weight too much! Or do they??? Today's inexpensive, high quality, expandable backpacks are making such a choice a lot more reasonable. HERE I look at two … Continue reading A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???

What Size Backpack is Best for the Camino?

Your backpack is a very important part of your Camino experience. Although there are many factors, the size is one of the primary considerations. What is the right backpack size for the Camino? In this video I show three different sized packs, discuss what each one is good (and bad) for, and tell which size … Continue reading What Size Backpack is Best for the Camino?