Knives We’re Digging

Damn, the Olympic Peninsula is wet. We were recently out on the Washington coast with no readily dry wood for (perceivably) miles because, you know, it’s a rain forest right next to an ocean. Trying to get a fire going there can be, well, trying. That’s not to say there isn’t any dry wood, but sometimes you’ve got to work for it. Hopefully you brought a trusty knife. Continue reading “Knives We’re Digging”

Review: Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho

Therm-a-Rest currently holds the title for most useful product in my closet–shout out to the Z-lite Sol. I have very high standards of the products that I consistently carry out into the wilderness, so if my bias for insulated ponchos played a little into my opinion of the Honcho Poncho, it certainly exceeded my expectations and is more technical than I suspected.  I got one as a gift in January after researching it extensively on paper, and I’m reporting back after a few field uses that it’s so close to being the real deal. Continue reading “Review: Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho”

Review: Jet Boil Mighty Mo

Jet Boil released their newest stove, the Mighty Mo, on January 1 of this year, but I picked mine up at REI back in October when it was an in-store exclusive. It’s the first individual burner Jet Boil has produced, filling an obvious gap in their product line. It’s lightweight, rugged, and packs 10,000 BTUs in a compact package for backcountry and emergency cooking. Continue reading “Review: Jet Boil Mighty Mo”

Review: Cnoc Outdoors Vertex Trekking Poles

Cnoc Outdoors is a Portland, OR company that just entered the market with the introduction of their Vertex poles.  The Vertex poles are a hybrid Z pole/flick lock style aluminum and carbon trekking pole that folds down to an impressive 14.5 inches.  This is a brand-new product, from a brand new company and we were pretty excited to see how the unique design translated to trail performance. Continue reading “Review: Cnoc Outdoors Vertex Trekking Poles”

The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started

Originally posted on Carryology.

Whether you worry about an earthquake, tsunami, extended power outage, or civil unrest, there are plenty of reasons to have a go-bag ready to get you through the uncertainty of the next 72 hours.  There are two huge geologic threats in the PNW that could disrupt my routine at any given moment: Mt Rainier and the New Meridian Fault.  Three if we begin to think about the massive infrastructure failures that could develop in the aftermath of either.  Long story short, it’s worthwhile to think about what you’re going to do in the event that you need to take care of yourself.  Continue reading “The Bug-Out Bag: What to Include and How to Get Started”