Practical advice and musings on the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, ski touring and camping. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:05:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 The AliExpress wormhole Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:05:05 +0000 AliExpress is becoming more and more of a choice for outdoor gear. Some observations. ]]> 0 FKT meets Jerry Springer Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:47:52 +0000 Another FKT record. And then another controversy. So it goes. And will probably be how it will go again next year. ]]> 10 Gear review: Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:33:23 +0000 A reasonably priced 24 oz shelter that works well for my shoulder season, group trips or when it is insect prone. ]]> 1 Gear review: ULA CDT backpack Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:44:35 +0000 An older lighter weight warhorse that works well if you need to go lighter, enjoy versatility, durability and venture off-trail. Bonus: Not expensive. ]]> 2 Wind River Obscure Route Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:11:21 +0000 A simple backpacking trip mainly on the Wind River Indian Reservation land. Obscure and faded trails. Washed out bridges. Cold and wet weather. And all good. ]]> 10 Wind River Dreaming Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:15:11 +0000 Off to the Winds for a week of backpacking bliss. ]]> 3 Sand to Alpine: Great Sand Dunes to Ellingwood Wed, 07 Sep 2016 22:46:50 +0000 A weekend backpacking trip from the Great Sand Dunes National Park to the Blanca group. On the trip I was with Cam Honan of The Hiking Life. ]]> 1 Quick Tip: Measuring distance with a lanyard Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:35:44 +0000 A quick and dirty way of estimating map mileage using a compass lanyard or similar sized string. ]]> 3 GPS mileage discrepancies Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:42:52 +0000 A map, guidebook or race course has one set of mileage listed. Your GPS device has more mileage listed or, rarely, less mileage. Why? ]]> 13 New Mexico Walk: Columbine – Hondo Wilderness Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:41:45 +0000 A weekend backpacking in the Columbine - Hondo Wilderness of New Mexico. ]]> 0