First Aid Kit: What Is In Mine

A long time ago I picked up this ditty bag from Outdoor Research, to use for my First Aid kit. While I was thinking 10 years ago, it’s probably more like 15. For a few years I quit carrying it and went to a…

Gear Review: BeFree Water Filtration System 0.6L

A long time ago, when I was first hiking, I picked up a water bottle that was a filter, out of the Campmor catalog (boy, am I dating myself….). It rode with me for years, over thousands of miles of trails. I loved it:…

Gear Review: Optimus Vega Stove

I’ve been reviewing the Optimus Vega Stove, a remote canister stove recently. I have had a soft spot for remote canister stoves for years, as I find them to be stable with larger pots (2 and 3 Liter for example), where they hug the…