Gear Review: Bic Flex Wand Lighter

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Having a long-handled lighter can be quite handy for camping. Much easier than having to kneel down to get a fire going in a pit. Or for starting fires in wood stoves when cabin camping. Or starting up stoves. We were recently sent a Bic Flex Wand Lighter, which I gave a heavy abuse to […]

Gear Find: NYNE Mini Speaker

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Fair warning: While not everyone enjoys the sounds of music in the wilds, sometimes it is a lot of fun. Just don’t annoy anyone else with Thrash Metal 5000 on 30 while hiking, OK? Well, if you must, at least have a wicked air guitar style….and hair to match. What is tiny and packs a […]

Gear Review: Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern

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When I first started backpacking, back in the dark ages, there were not many choices for lights. You had heavy headlamps, that slid down into your glasses, lanterns that weighed a ton or flashlights that burned through batteries. I have felt for a long time that what really changed everything was LED bulbs finally being […]

Gear Review: EZ Squeezees

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EZ Squeezees? What might that be, I can be sure more than a few are thinking. Well, if you happen to have kids around the past few years, you have seen the boom in food packets. My two youngest have grown up with them, a near no-mess, on the go, convenient snacking or meal for […]

Gear Review: Smartphone Backup Power

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For me, technology has been something I have embraced, especially if it is easy to use and makes my life more enjoyable. When I think about hiking and backpacking even 10 years ago, what pops up in my mind is how many things I used to carry on trips, even when going light. Camera, GPS, […]