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A quick overnight campout with the guys

We have been wanting to do something like at least a quick overnight campout for some time.  Coordinating schedules amongst even a small group of guys is challenging.  We figured out the date though and we had a spectacular overnight campout. Two … Continue reading

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Eat the Heavy Foods First

Eat heavy foods first to lighten load for rest of the trip. When someone says “eat the heavy stuff first to lighten the load,” you think it’s obvious. And if you buy a cheap dehydrator (think less than $50 at … Continue reading

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Keeping a good perspective on life

It is easy for me to lose my good perspective on life.  I start worrying too much about work things.  Those work activities start to seem like the most important things that I can be doing with my life.  I … Continue reading

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Quick tip for tent seam sealing

My buddy Tom writes… Just a quick tip for seam sealing a tent or any structure that’s made of nylon that’s been sewed together. I bought a screen tent for my camping trip to Mammoth [California] this year — my … Continue reading

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Experiences with a Tyvek Bivy Sack

Tyvek seems like a terrific material to make a lightweight bivy sack. We thought that Tyvek would be awesome for making our own bivy sacks. It seems like the ideal material: lightweight, strong, waterproof, and breathable. So, we decided to … Continue reading

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A Quick Day Hike

I just found out how delightful a quick day hike can be. I was texting about some nerdy thing or another with my buddy last week.  Currently he does not have a full-time day job.  So he had free time during … Continue reading

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Some Tent Etiquette

Some things are okay to do in a tent, but only if it’s a one-man tent.  Tent etiquette people! Three of us did a quick backpacking trip up into some mountains in the snow. We each had our own bivy … Continue reading

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Day Hiking Gear Choices Make Your Trek More Enjoyable

Recently I went for a 7am hike with the boys at Red Rock Canyon Park in Old Topanga Canyon.  I always think I can wing it and figure out what to bring without a problem.  These days it seems I … Continue reading

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Things to Bring Camping

Choosing what things to bring camping leads to some tough choices. No one wants to get out in the backcountry and find that they are missing that one key piece of equipment that would make the difference between life and … Continue reading

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Ultralight Camping Hammocks

A couple of years ago, I was worried about the mental well-being of one of my regular camping buddies. It seemed like he had started going a little crazy. He kept talking about ultralight camping hammocks as the next big … Continue reading

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