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Author Archives: Inga

I’m a backpacker, travel writer and photographer who loves to experience the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip or a trek to far-flung lands. I like to write (see "Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail" and "The Hungry Spork"), teach (see my backpacking classes and guided backpacking trips) and explore (see my trip reports, gear reviews and travel stories).

Therm-A-Rest Down Pillow

The Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow is a versatile down shell that can be wrapped around an inflatable pillow or clothing to provide a good night’s sleep. The pillow is stuffed with 650 Fill Hydrophobic down and has a cinchable cord that contains the inner padding of the user’s choice. I readily admit that a pillow is … Continue reading »

Backpacking Gift Ideas Under $50 and $100

These are some of my favorite tried-and-true backpacking products for under $100. Some make good stocking stuffers while others are more substantial. Among the collection are items that would make good gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Under $50 Beyond Coastal Facestick sunscreen, $7. Natural, environmentally friendly face stick is convenient to apply with no … Continue reading »

Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild Recovery Drink

I’m a big fan of recovery snacks and Tailwind Nutrition has developed an easy solution for replenishing needed nutrients efficiently with the new Rebuild drink powder. The recovery period is often overlooked for long-distance backpackers but the concept has been around sports nutrition for a long time. The Recovery Period Nutrient timing is a hot … Continue reading »

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 »