Recent Posts

The Honey Stove: Not Just a Wood Stove

Bringing a wood stove proved to be a good choice.

? Here’s a nifty new ultralight wood stove that I found on London Backpacker’s blog over the weekend that is manufactured and sold by, (which has no affiliation with I recommend that you visit their site. They have some cool gear that is not available in the US …

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Wilderness First Aid Certification

I just got back from an inspiring certification course on Wilderness First Aid taught by SOLO and sponsored by the Green Mountain Club in Vermont. SOLO is one of the leading wilderness medicine education groups in the US and has trained over 100,000 students since 1976. Hands On Rescue Simulations …

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Backcountry Survival and Rescue Skills 101

Learn how to survive and treat others by taking a wilderness medicine class

I hope you never have to deal with a life and death situation in the wilderness. But the odds are good that you will, sooner or later, if you spend significant time in the backcountry by yourself or with groups of backpackers, hikers, climbers, skiers or whitewater kayakers. I’ve dealt …

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High Gaiters, Low Gaiters

A lot of hikers contact me about gaiters, so I thought I’d write a post about high and low gaiters, when they’re appropriate to use and why you might use them. First off, there are high gaiters and low gaiters. High gaiters run from the top of your boots to …

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Cold Cold World Backpacks

Cold Cold World Chernobyl Backpack

I was out today doing some gear testing, trying to figure out the best way to carry snowshoes on one of my existing backpacks. It looks like the system shown here is pretty workable: I’ve stowed the bottoms of my Atlas 830 snowshoes into the shovel pocket of an REI UL60 …

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