Kahtoola Microspikes grip ice and snow

  • May 12, 2017
  • by Inga

  The Kahtoola Microspikes ice traction system increases the stability of any winter shoe on ice and snow, taking the terror out of walking on frosty surfaces. Being able to hike on snow covered trails open up the possibilities for winter hiking, and Microspikes make all the difference. Microspikes are good for compacted snow and …

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 …

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 …

What’s in my wilderness backpack: Clothing system

  • September 10, 2015
  • by Inga

After years of sorting through various articles clothing, I have my system down. I pretty much wear the same clothes in temperate climates and rotate a few other items in as needed. When I say “same clothes” I really mean it—I wore the exact same T-shirt and shorts for 23 days on the John Muir …

What’s in my wilderness backpack: The big three

  • July 08, 2015
  • by Inga

The easiest way to lose pack weight is by getting the lightest equipment of the Big Three: the sleep system, pack and tent. It’s also the most expensive, since each of the big three can run into the hundreds of dollars. My approach is middle of the road, which is solidly in the “light” category …

What’s in my wilderness backpack: Ten little things

  • July 07, 2015
  • by Inga

There are so many small, shiny objects that vie for my inclusion in my pack but each one weighs something. It’s easy to say, “It’s not very big and it weighs nothing.” I had a small stuff sack in my hand that felt like air but weighed in at one ounce. Put 16 of those …

Packing Light for Overseas Travel

  • September 24, 2011
  • by Inga

  Watching people drag their wheelies through a weed-infested field after a three day tour of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam was comical, while I just shouldered my day pack and skipped over to the bus from the boat. In Amsterdam a narrow, twisting staircase to our room would have presented a challenge had we …

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