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HMG backpack

*** UPDATE – I DON’T LIKE THIS PACK AFTERALL. It gave me a rash and was too delicate. BACK TO ULA!! *** I feel like a total traitor to ULA but this is my new pack. It’s so sexy I couldn’t resist. In fact, I once dated a guy pretty much because he owned this… continue reading

Soto OD-1R Stove Giveaway

A month ago I gave away two copies of the excellent PCT documentary “Tell it on the Mountain.” That was fun; people had a lot of interesting things to say in the comments of that post. This month I am giving away one brand new camp stove from Soto — the OD-1R. This excellent little… continue reading

PCT Gear Review

I was really comfortable with my gear along the Pacific Crest Trail, so I thought I would share it with you, and explain why it worked. Please note beforehand that I purchased all these items with my own money after carefully researching them, and was not given anything for review. The following are my opinions.m... continue reading

Mittens!

Today I made a custom mitten pattern — everything I want, and nothing I don’t. It had to be dexterous for a mitten, and without stress points or bunching in the fist. I need to be able to hold handlebars or hiking poles comfortably. If you know mittens, you know this is a tall order…. continue reading

Insulated Down Jackets, Compared

Since I happen to have had all three jackets in hand I thought I’d put together a side-by-side comparison. Break it down, Caroline-style. It might help you decide. Heck, it might help me decide. This fancy tech stuff is so hard to choose between.