Outdoor Blog

Author Archives: Inga

I’m a travel writer and photographer who loves to get out there and experience the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip or a journey to far-flung lands. I'm an adventurer and nature lover who appreciates food & wine and loves to explore Pacific Rim regions.

Favorite Backpacking Snacks

Is it just me or has there been an explosion of healthy snacks in the last couple of years? When I think back to the days when we thought Power Bars were revolutionary, I realize how many wonderful choices we have now. I had the opportunity to test some new products this year and thought … Continue reading »

Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore

I had the opportunity to go backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore twice this year. Since I only live about an hour away, it’s surprising that I’ve never hiked the trails there. I have wonderful memories of walking along Limantour Beach and having big bonfires in high school but haven’t been out to the coast … Continue reading »

Americano Hat by Toad&Co

The Americano Hat from Toad&Co is an attractive, light-weight, crushable Panama-style hat that looks as good in town as it does on the trail. Even more important than looking good, it also protects your face from the harmful rays of the sun. I have a problem when I hike. I overheat unless it’s quite chilly … Continue reading »

Sierra Designs High Side 1 Tent Review

The High Side 1 tent is a new tent from Sierra Designs, a company that is known for innovative designs at a reasonable price. This one-person, non-freestanding tent is lightweight, compact and intuitive to set up. The packed size is smaller than most due to the short length of the included tent poles. This tent … Continue reading »

Gossamer Gear 60 Mariposa Pack Review

For a lightweight pack, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa feels beefy. The shoulder straps and hip belts are thick and sturdy. You can feel the slim metal frame that provides support when you grasp the top of the pack. A foam pad provides additional structure and support to the back and doubles as a removable sit … Continue reading »