Review: GRAYL Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle

Water purification is among the biggest hurdles for those new to camping and backpacking. The need for easy, confident water treatment is paramount to the success of any trip—but the variety of systems and processes that come with them can be overwhelming. GRAYL has attempted to even the playing field with the new Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle. It’s an entirely self-contained capture, filter, and drink unit that yields 16oz. of potable water in about 15 seconds. It’s appealing on paper—but our field testing developed a bigger story and shined some light on its limitations. Continue reading “Review: GRAYL Ultralight Purifier [+Filter] Bottle”

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”

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”