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Scott Chandler’s Totally Arbitary Backpacking Rating System (or SCaTABaRS for short)

Scott Chandler’s Totally Arbitary Backpacking Rating System (or SCaTABaRS for short)

Sabrina Basin wasn't on my bucket list, but I went anyway. I went there because I didn't think I was in very good shape, I thought it was going to be easy, I could relax and get some fishing in, and I'd never been there before. It was nice, but it wasn't awe inspiring. There I was at 11,000' at...

iGlide BacPacIt Kite from Whatever Kite Factory USA

iGlide BacPacIt Kite from Whatever Kite Factory USA

Pete Adams is lead designer (and manufacturer, and chief bottle washer) of Whatever Kite Factory USA. Last Summer I commissioned him to design me the world's lightest backpacking kite -- a real one with a frame and not a mere paraglider. He designed a couple of prototypes and I selected the...

PB2 Peanut Butter Powder with Chocolate

PB2 Peanut Butter Powder with Chocolate

The Trout Underground posted a story about PB2 Peanut Butter Powder and I knew it might just be the world's most perfect backpacking food. I ordered a jar of PB2 with Chocolate from Amazon and simply poured some of the powder in a ziplock bag for a trip. Mixing some up while stuck in a tent...

ZEMgear 360 Shoes

ZEMgear 360 Shoes

I've been looking forever for lightweight camp shoes that you could wear with socks, going so far as trying to make my own. I stumbled across an article about the new barefoot running craze and discovered the ZEMgear 360 shoes. They make both a Ninja split toe version and a round toe version, the...

Mt. Harkness Panoramic

Mt. Harkness Panoramic

On Friday we headed off towards Snag Lake in the Lassen Wilderness, but were pulled up short by a major leg issue with one of our party. We ended up car camping at the Juniper Lake campground. I discovered the trailhead to Mt. Harkness was two campsites away so the next morning I headed up. The...

Olympus E-PM1 camera

Olympus E-PM1 camera

I bought a new camera. I've been taking out tiny Nikon and Canon point & shoots on my backpacking trips since about 2005 and they've been pretty good. But this last year's trip to Miter Basin saw me critically review the images I brought back and made me wished I had more control and more...

Skis icing up? Try SPF 45.

Skis icing up? Try SPF 45.

I was out in the garage, waxing up the skis, and as I was slapping some liquid wax on the fishscale section, I had a flash back to the smell of Banana Boat sunscreen and beaches in Hawaii. But the smell of sunscreen was more the smell of an experiment gone right. Clarkie and I were out on a ski...

Where it all began

Where it all began

Here it is. A snapshot in time of my very first backpacking trip -- the trip that started it all. Okay, I know this is about as exciting to you as watching the proverbial paint dry, but I certainly didn't know that 36 years later I'd be hunched over a computer in the winter evenings living...

Yosemite HD

Yosemite HD from Project Yosemite on Vimeo. Just saw this amazing video. I suggest you start it, then pause it until it's fully loaded before trying to watch it. This is one video you don't want to have stop in the middle while it tries to load more. Their website is...

The Vertical Investment

The Vertical Investment

  We know most mountains are uphill. We know that. Sometimes really uphill. I came across this photo of my then roommate, Kevin Palmquist, as we slogged up Diller Canyon on Mt. Shasta. It seemed like a real climb at the time and looking at the photo I know why. Diller Canyon is...

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