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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).

Trailfoody, a subscription for outdoor foodies

Trailfoody is a subscription service that provides a variety of healthy, flavorful snacks to fuel outdoor recreation whether it’s hiking, skiing, paddling, fishing or other fun. It’s like a Christmas stocking full of treats every couple of weeks. There are different subscription levels that dictate the time interval between deliveries. I got to sample Trailfoody … Continue reading »

HydraPak SoftFlask Collapsible Bottles

HydraPak SoftFlask bottles come in small sizes to accommodate energy gels or liquids. Made of soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), the collapsible, flexible material is remarkably strong and resistant to abrasion, even when abused on the backpacking trail. The company states that if used for gels, the 150 ml flask can hold five servings and the … Continue reading »

Pitching a Tent in Snow

In this epic snow year of 2017, summer backpackers may find themselves pitching their tent in snow. If that happens, they will quickly discover that regular tent pegs will pop right out of the snow. I’m no snow expert (unless I’m on skis) but this year I’ve started to acquire some snow backpacking skills. First … Continue reading »