Backpacking

Another trip to Zaleski

Did a quick overnight @ Zaleskis south loop. Walked in 2 miles in the dark through a thunderstorm and made camp. I’m in process of reviewing and testing out a new Garmin 60cx GPS. It has a cool feature of calculating distance and time. My trip was 11.3 miles , Read more…

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Zaleski South Loop

Hiking the south loop with minimal gear. Nothing is really new to review , just putting old gear through the paces. The Tarp Tent Squall 2 did  good job with 50 mph gusts. I plan on doing the whole north and south loop in 2 days sometime before the heat Read more…

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Bug Out Bag

If you troll enough survivalist websites you probably see BOB (Bug out bag) used frequently. Most of the times it’s accompanied by a high power rife and enough ammo for a Red Dawn type scenario. I personally can’t see the need , or don’t have the means to pick up Read more…

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Nordhouse Dunes

Nordhouse Dunes in West Central Michigan affords an easy 2 mile hike to the beach of Lake Michigan. Camping is permitted year round with a $5 a night car tag. It seemed pretty deserted in the winter , but I imagine is pretty  popular in warm weather. The trail head. Read more…

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New Knives

Picked up 3 knives from http://www.gofastandlight.com/ I’m comparing weights to see If I can part with my trusty Buck 102. Old Buck knife- 4.6 oz Feels the best in my hands. Guessing about $35. Stainless Steel. Mora classic- 2.7 oz . Feels a little cheap , and it is @ Read more…

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Zaleski Backpack Trail

The first hike of march allowed me to test out a lot of gear. Tent with Neo Air under inflated inside. Tarptent Squall 2 is impressively light and packs down small. It sets up pretty easily with either 1 or 2 hiking poles and 4 stakes. It affords enough room Read more…

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Overnight Backpacking Gear List

After spending a fortune getting my pack weight down , I’ve decided to take some ultra-lite packers tips and weigh my gear. Hopefully this spotlights anything that will get the ounces down. Does anyone have any tips? Current Backpack and contents. Weights are being added. Base Weight Go-lite Pinnacle Pack Read more…