There’s nothing quite as satisfying as telling your friends, “I told you so!” Unless you’re 20 miles from a road, then it’s not satisfying at all.
Here are a few of the sayings that have kept me out of trouble and should increase your chances of a successful trip.
Continue reading “Trail Mantras & Backcountry Aphorisms”
There is no higher dignity in the backpacking world than using products that you yourself have made on the long trails. Backpackers by trade are a resourceful bunch—and they need to be, moving between resupply points with unexpected gear failures through some of the last great lengths of wilderness. Teach a man to fish, right?
That’s exactly where Brandon McIntyre of Superior Wilderness Designs comes from. Raised in a costume shop, McIntyre was never a stranger to sewing machines, so when he started backpacking in his youth, he put the two together early on and hasn’t looked back since. The Romeo, Michigan based 26-year-old started selling ultra-lightweight packs just last year, but don’t let his tenure fool you—he’s come a long way from altering Halloween costumes. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Superior Wilderness Designs”
Title image by Geo Jenkins
Anthony Kovacs fires up the heater in his studio. “Sorry about the cold,” he says as I zip up my puffy. Pittsburgh in the winter can be brutal—especially in this building: a cold, hollow warehouse that used to house an electrical switch manufacturing plant, tucked next to the Ohio River just down the street from the correction center. But for Kovacs, this is a sanctuary. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: Kovacs Company”
Navigating your wants and needs when packing for a backpacking trip can be a bit of a journey, especially if you don’t have that much experience. Shoot—I’m more experienced than most, and I still get hung up on whether or not I should take a backup lamp… The answer is no. I don’t need that. Continue reading “Going Lightweight: Tips for Getting Started”
On June 30th I went on a hike to Upper Wildcat Lake (UWC) via the Snow Lake Trail Head in Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass region. It’s a beautiful 8-mile hike to a backcountry lake that’s rarely visited, but the first two miles are a super highway to the extremely popular Snow Lake. Snow Lake pulls locals and tourists alike because of its relative easy and huge visual reward. My June 30th hike in wasn’t terrible—maybe a dozen or so folks out on the trail as I made my way in. Continue reading “American Trail Etiquette”