Backpacking

Optimus SVEA 123

Talk about oldschool. This stove was designed over 100 years ago. I wouldn’t categorize this as a normal stove I’d use. It’s not lightweight or very efficient. It is however  , very well tested , and dependable. At high altitude  cold weather treks , the typical butane/propane hikers stove typically Read more…

Backpacking

Archers Fork

First fall hike! I spent a lot of my summer running instead of hiking , minimizing my time in the heat.  I decided to hike somewhere new for the fall season and picked archers fork. The 10 mile loop could easily be hiked in a day . Tons of overlooks Read more…

Fishing

Mohican River

I gotta chance to hit  the Mohican in North-Eastern Ohio. I had been down this river a a kid but didn’t remember much of it. I got down their Sunday afternoon and found this was an off-week time to go. The crowds were leaving and the water was clearing out Read more…

Fishing

Clear Creek metro park

I’d actually planned on doing the Zaleski South loop again , and decided to pull in here and check it out. 12 miles of trails total. I happened to walk the flat low portions. They were pretty muddy. as most are after all the rain we’ve had. I fished along Read more…

Backpacking

Wandering Rocky Fork area

I haven’t got any backpacking in lately. Just wandering/exploring here and their. Last weekend was the Rocky Fork area and downstream scouting pull offs and portages. I got a chance to check out the 7 caves park. Apparently it used to be a private park that let you explore the Read more…

Fishing

Marvin Sparks 2011

I just returned from an annual bass fishing tournament in southeast Ohio . The bass seemed to be in prespawn , were skittish and not terribly protective of their beds yet. Jim’s reworked signage looks good. The weather cleared Thursday afternoon for scouting and mushroom hunting. A morel mushroom hiding Read more…

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Zaleski South Loop

Looking for mushrooms a little early yielded no morels yet. I did  find ramps and the fiddleheads are coming up. I managed to get 1.5 off trail for a total of 12.5 miles with a 2.5mph moving average. Interesting mushroom. Black Trumpet? The fiddleheads were popping up everywhere. I’ve never Read more…

Backpacking

Nordhouse Dunes

I took a trip to Michigan in a second failed attempt to get a case of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on the release date. I drank a ton of good beer at Hopcat Friday night. Woke up and headed to Founders at 8am hoping to be in front of the line Read more…