When I first called Judy “HeartFire” Gross, she kindly asked me to call her back in fifteen minutes so that she could get her current project cut and “off the table.” I understood the urgency. Her business is growing. Judy admits to being camera shy and not owning a TV among other things. She’s very much the people’s backpacker—a mainstay topic on the lightweight forums, training for a marathon at 60, and way too busy for interviews. She’s got over 4,000 miles logged on trails from coast to coast, and she’s using that accumulated wisdom to make some of the most practical gear on the market. Continue reading “Brand Spotlight: LightHeart Gear”
RMK Outdoors provided me with a Granite Gear Kahiltna 29 to take for a test drive. I’m a proud owner of a Granite Gear Leopard 58, so I was stoked to see how the smaller offering will hold up to my expectations and the PNW transitional weather.
Continue reading “Review: Granite Gear Kahiltna 29”
Five gift ideas that won’t soon be forgotten. Continue reading “Buying Guide: Gifts Under $100”
Want to get the outdoor enthusiast in your life something that they’ll actually use? Here’s five gifts full of stoke that won’t break the bank. Continue reading “Buying Guide: Gifts Under $50”
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”