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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).

New Hungry Spork book!

The Hungry Spork TRAIL RECIPES is now available in print and ebook.  With more than 50 recipes, this book is a companion to the first Spork book, which focused on planning for a thru-hike, with an emphasis on recipes. You will find vegan and meat alternatives for most recipes and feedback from a fleet of … Continue reading »

Stasher silicone bags for backpacking

A common question by backpackers who care about the environment is how to reduce plastic. When planning a multi-week or multi-month thru-hike, the number of plastic bags used to store food can be overwhelming. Designs have been improving but weight remains an issue. Stasher silicone bags are a major advance with a true zip-top closure … Continue reading »

Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy: Book Review

With Lake Tahoe Camping With Privacy: Your Guide To The Most Private Campsites Near Tahoe, Truckee, Sly Park, Union Valley Reservoir, And Beyond, the Wilke’s have added to their collection of information about private campsites in the Sierra. I found their other book, “Eastern Sierra and Death Valley Camping with Privacy,” to be very helpful … Continue reading »

MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit: Gear Review

The MSR PocketRocket 2, representing an update of a long-running popular stove, the original PocketRocket, has been out for a couple of years. I recently had a chance to test it to compare to my original PocketRocket as part of a convenient MSR Mini Stove Kit. Light backpackers love items that nest together efficiently and … Continue reading »

The One one-person tent from Gossamer Gear

Gossamer Gear’s The One tent is a one-person tent that hits all of my requirements in one small package. I’m picky about one-person tents, more so than with a two-person tent. Most two-person tents I’ve tested inherently feel bigger and have enough headroom, if only because they are obviously wider. One-person tents, however, can look … Continue reading »

Resupply on the John Muir Trail

Resupply options are fairly straightforward in the northern section of the John Muir Trail (JMT) but it gets a little more complicated in the rugged, southern section where no backcountry ranches exist. For those with a strict timetable, it may be undesirable to have to spend a couple of days exiting the trail to get … Continue reading »