Mountaineering Gear Review

Back in January we started purchasing all the gear we would need for our mountaineering course and future climbs.  Since then we have fallen in love with certain items of gear, switched out others, discovered new things we needed, and ultimately added a whole new genera of outdoor gear knowledge to our repertoire. Lindsey’s Boots: […]

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Giving Talks on the AT

So two weeks ago I ventured back to my alma mater, Willamette University, in order to give two separate presentations about the Appalachian trail.  The first one was for the schools outdoor program and centered around the trail itself and our thru hike.  The second presentation was the next day for the National Institute of […]

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NEVER Pay Full Price

So for the last few weeks I have been spending my time researching, finding, and buying gear for our up coming Boealps Mountaineering course.  This has been a solid reminder that gear is EXPENSIVE.  Seriously… I mean I love gear and I love looking for it but phew, it sure can break the bank.  But […]

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What it’s Like to Be An Obsessive Planner…

Last night I had my first dream about hiking the PCT.  It was our first day on trail and we were just reaching this campground area with this big grassy field and a bunch of cabins.  We consulted the map/guidebook and turns out we had already gone eight miles!  In our guide book we had […]

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Sexism Plaguing our Gear Companies

*Disclaimer: I just want to throw this out there before everyone gets the wrong impression about my feelings towards REI.  I love REI.  It’s like a heaven, mecca, dreamland, amazing place,  I go there just to breath the fresh gear smell in.  This experience just so happens to have taken place at REI but I […]

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My Gear Wish List

‘Tis the season and although we don’t do a lot of presents in my life (we prefer making memories) I still dream. So here is my dream gear list for the holiday season: Go-Pro HERO3+ Black Edition with some goodies – While I love our small Olympus Tough camera and it did take some awesome […]

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Camping in Style

Kyle and I had a few things we talked about incessantly on trail. One was food. I once heard our friend Simon refer to this self torturing with thoughts of food, as food porn. We would talk about all our favorite foods, all our guilty pleasures and everything we were going to devour once we […]

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Your want our advice? Shelter.

One of the biggest decisions you have to make as a hiker, especially a thruhiker, is what kind of shelter will be your home while you are on trail. I say shelter because there are so many options: tents, hammocks, tarps, bivy sacks, you name it! In this post I’m going to share a little […]

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You want our advice? Feet.

During the last few months we owned very few things.  If we were wearing it or carrying it, it had a specific purpose and it had been tested thoroughly.  As a result we have more advice to give on gear, specifically for thru-hiking, than we know what to do with. We figured, why not share […]

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