Knixwear Underwear, Designed For And Tested By Athletic Women

  • May 12, 2017
  • by Inga

Knixwear bras and underwear are made for the active woman on the go.  Whether it’s yoga or hiking, women need fabrics that move and stretch, wick moisture and have no seams to chafe tender skin. Knixwear achieves this with special attention to details and extensive testing with real women. The Evolution Bra has seamless four-way stretch …

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Shoe for Hiking and Backpacking

  • May 11, 2017
  • by Inga

I’ve been alternating between boots and the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail shoes all winter. The backpacking debate rages on—trail runners versus boots. I’ve tried trail runners before and didn’t find them to be stable enough on uneven surfaces. Many people hiking the John Muir Trail rave about Altras so I decided to give them …

Food Choices on the Tour of Mont Blanc

  • April 28, 2017
  • by Inga

I had a lot of questions about food choices on the Tour of Mont Blanc for our self-guided hike. It was a relief to not have to plan our usual backpacking menu since I had just done five backpacking trips in one summer but I didn’t know what food choices on the Tour of Mont Blanc …

Backpacking from McGee Creek to Pioneer Basin via Hopkins Pass

  • February 11, 2017
  • by Inga

Pioneer Basin is a treasure trove of high alpine lakes tucked into the Sierra Nevada. Located near Mammoth Lakes, it can be accessed from the Mono Creek Trail or a more adventurous cross-country route over Hopkins Pass via the McGee Creek Trail. The reward for the effort involved in the steep ascent from the East …

Planning a Tour of Mont Blanc hike

  • February 05, 2017
  • by Inga

When planning a tour of Mont Blanc hike, which circles around the Mont Blanc massif, the choices immediately get overwhelming. Once you’re on the trail it becomes even more obvious that, while there may be an official Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB) route, the variations are endless. About the TMB The Tour of Mont Blanc …

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 4

  • January 30, 2017
  • by Inga

Day 4 of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca dawned with welcome sun to help us dry out. To see how we planned for our independent trek, see Planning an independent backpacking trip on the Santa Cruz Trail, and to read about our first day, see Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 1. In …

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 3

  • July 13, 2016
  • by Inga

We were on our 3rd day of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in Peru, and were ready to tackle the Punta Union, the highest point on the trail. My husband and I were hiking independently but had camped in a designated campsite near a guided group. To see how …

Tiny Petzl e+LITE headlamp is truly ultralight

  • July 08, 2016
  • by Inga

If you’re a backpacker looking for the smallest, lightest headlight on the market, look no further than the Petzl e+LITE headlamp. It is bright, lightweight and compact The e+LITE has an oval shape and is quite compact. It measures 1 x 1.5 inches on the face and is ¾ inch thick. The black face is …

Hiking the Santa Cruz Trail in Peru: Day 2

  • May 26, 2016
  • by Inga

We had completed our first day of backpacking the Santa Cruz Trail in the Cordillera Blanca, a mountain range in Peru, and were ready to tackle the second day. My husband and I were hiking independently but had camped in a designated campsite near a guided group. To see how we planned for our independent …

Deciphering the Inyo National Forest permit system for the JMT

  • February 09, 2016
  • by Inga

With the increasing popularity of the classic John Muir Trail (JMT), which goes from Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park to Mt. Whitney, more people are utilizing alternate routes. Many of these routes originate in Inyo National Forest and permits are obtained through Recreation.gov. This web-based system is relatively easy to use and has the …

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