Category Archives: Equipment

The Search for the Perfect Pack

For me, especially for the desert and the occasional heavier loads This piece is as much about the decision making process, what I wanted in a pack, as to which pack I ended up with.  It took nearly a year … Continue reading

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The Hayduke Trail Planning, Preparation and Equipment Notes

Planning info and resources for the Oct. 2012 hike We used several sources for planning information including the The Hayduke Trail book which is good but a bit maddening in that the route is only described in an east to … Continue reading

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The Bivy Condensation Conundrum

I love sleeping outside under the stars and when I first started backpacking, a lot, it was mostly in the desert and drier West.  We would just roll the bags out on a ground sheet and all was good.  If … Continue reading

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Stoves through the years

I have used and been around a lot of backpacking stoves over the years but have only put my money down on six.  The five shown here are the ones I have left, the sixth was a very early Primus … Continue reading

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Sleeping Bags and sleep systems through the years

My first real sleeping bag was Army surplus, filled with feathers and down (more feathers than down it seemed) with some kind of cotton/poplin shell, stuffed fairly small but weighed like 8 pounds. But for $20 it was a vast … Continue reading

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Packs through the years

I have owned eight packs over the years, shown in the pictures below. The second picture is from 1973, camping at a trail head at Big Bend National Park. It shows my first three packs in use, as I was … Continue reading

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Current thoughts on Sleeping Pads

Maybe the perfect sleeping pad set up (at least for me)!  Lightweight, comfortable, warm and durable.  Read on. Sleeping pads have undergone lots of changes over the years. Part of it is new technology, part is the search for more comfort as we … Continue reading

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