Backpacking

Trail Pix

I actively look for things on Kickstarter that can be used for hiking & photography. The trail Pix can be used for both and utilizes your hiking poles and a string stake setup. It’s original incarnation was called the pole pod. It’s creator Andy@nv8design.com has since been refining the concept Read more…

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Zaleski

Lately I’ve kind of gotten away from backpacking. I’m training for a half marathon with a local MIT group. I’ve signed up to do a triathlon and have been training with a group of triathletes @ Triformance,  Between running and biking , I haven’t got much dirt time in. Zaleski Read more…

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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…

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Zaleski North Loop

Tried the north loop for the first time.  It measures 14 miles and does a figure 8 back to the parking lot. I planned on passing the parking lot and hitting the first camp. Within 2 miles I noticed my shoes were a little loose and rubbing a little on Read more…

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Cold Weather Gear

Being in the deep freeze of winter only leaves me one choice. More gear. I’ve been hoping to increase the temperature rating of my Montbell UL Super Stretch # 3 30 Degree bag by utilizing down clothing. I’ll use clothing I’d probably need in winter camp anyway. I’m really trying Read more…

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Zaleski South Loop

I took a quick day-hike to take advantage of the cool morning and changing leaves. I took a challenging shortcut that ended up not being any shorter. 10.4 miles in 4.5 hours. 2.3 mph moving average. Taking a slower pace allowed me to hear some deer over a ridge and Read more…

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Wildcat Hollow Northern Loop

I’ve hit Wildcats northern loop a few times , Notably a year ago after a large blow-down. Hiking over trees in freezing temperatures , a heavy pack , and a 6 pound rifle was torture. Looking over reviews on the internet , you’d think this trail as impassable to the Read more…

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Tar Hollow Fall Hike

Located east of Chillicothe, Ohio this 20+ mile figure 8 offers a challenging day hike/ car camping trip. Unfortunately I thought it was a nice overnighter with a backpacking camp on the ODNR website. About 2 miles in; the backpacking camp had a parking lot and the campsites needed reservations Read more…

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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…