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Pocket Survival Kit

Pocket Survival Kit

Do you carry a pocket survival kit when you are in the field?  You probably should.  It’s all too easy to get lost, hurt, or separated from your gear, and to find yourself in a no kidding survival situation.  It happens all the time and a simple pocket kit can make the difference between life […]

What to Bring for your Dog on a Hike

What to Bring for your Dog on a Hike

Here is a quick rundown of gear to consider if you take your dog hiking.

Lost Hiker Does it Right

Lost Hiker Does it Right

Here is a link to the story of Ross Mason, a hiker that got “lost” in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico earlier this month.  Ross was a little unprepared for the trip, had a little bad luck, and took one wrong turn on the trail.  Like most hikers unfamiliar with the desert, he underestimated […]

Seven Tips for Starting a Campfire

Seven Tips for Starting a Campfire

Fire making is an essential survival and backcountry skill, and like any skill, you need some basic knowledge and lots of practice! Here is video and a few tips to help you get that campfire going.

Packing for a Day Hike Revisited

Packing for a Day Hike Revisited

My recent day hike into Redfield Canyon Wilderness highlighted that not all day hikes are created equal and safety considerations dictate that the prudent hiker will pack accordingly.  A couple of months ago I posted Packing for a Desert Day Hike.  The article outlines the gear I carry for a typical out and back hike, […]

Survival 101

How do you pack for a hike? Survival principles provide a good guide for gear selection and insure that you are properly equipped if something goes wrong.

Super Cat Alcohol Stove

Super Cat Alcohol Stove

After my trip up Mt Lemmon last month I realized I had to cut some gear weight. The first target was my stove, so I decided to build a Super Cat alcohol stove. This is an easy project for any hiker looking to lighten their load.

Gear Review:  Leki Trekking Poles

Gear Review: Leki Trekking Poles

I’ve always been a fan of walking sticks. Of course, when I grew up that meant hacking down a sapling that just happened to be the right size and then hauling a couple of pounds of wood around with you. That’s not very politically correct in our more enlightened days.

Gear Review: Ursack Bear Bag Initial Impressions

Gear Review: Ursack Bear Bag Initial Impressions

I recently purchased an Ursack “Bear Resistant Food Bag”.  I haven’t had it out in the field yet, but wanted to give a quick review.  First the specs: My intended purpose:  General animal & varmint bag for local trips. Material:  Ballistic Fabric & high tensile strength cord Volume:  650 cu in Weight:  8 oz (bag); 10 oz […]

Packing for a Desert Day Hike

Packing for a Desert Day Hike

So what do you carry for a day on the trail?  I’m a bit of a boy scout so I tend to overpack and prepare for the worst.  My basic philosophy is to assume that every day hike will turn into an overnight.  Here is my basic kit (you can get most of this stuff […]