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Brian is an avid ultralight backpacker, hiker, and self-confessed gear junkie. His blog is a great destination for in-depth gear reviews, trail reports, gear modifications, weight reduction tips, making your own gear (MYOG), tips & tricks and much more. Brian is also a Tenkara fly-fishing addict and recent convert to the minimalist barefoot running style.

Gear Testing: Rugged Solar Charging Power Packs

Odd timing, but I have been sent several different ruggedized, solar-powered, portable power banks recently. Maybe it’s a new year thing, beats me. I’ll admit that I’m not really the type of person that carries around a spare power … [Read more...]

The BBB Challenge Morale Patch

There’s been a lot of online chatter lately about how to earn one of my BBB morale patches and “The Challenge”. You may have heard it mentioned on the latest episode of the Red Teams Podcast, but there’s not much I can say … [Read more...]

Why Do You Hike?

It’s a pretty simple question, but have you ever stopped to really think about it? What is it about hiking and backpacking that motivates you enough to go outside, give up the so called ‘comforts’ of home, and sleep outdoors? Is it the sense of … [Read more...]

Everest Movie Prize Pack Giveaway

Everest is the ultimate bucket list destination for many of us. A dream that is out of reach for all but a few. The closest many of us will come to experiencing Everest will be through documentaries and photos. That’s why I am excited about the … [Read more...]

Hiking with Dogs: Food and Gear Packing List

Last month I wrote about transitioning my chocolate lab, and hiking partner, Coco to the Merrick Backcountry raw infused dog food line. That spurred a flurry of emails and questions via social media asking about hiking gear and packing lists for … [Read more...]

Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Dog Food

I’ve noticed that as my chocolate lab Coco has gotten older her eating habits have changed. We rescued Coco as a young dog approximately two years old so we never really had her as a puppy. When she was young she would devour any amount of food that … [Read more...]

The ‘BGET’ Esbit Tray Stove is Now in Production

Every since I first posted about my frustration with Esbit fuel tablets (more than four years ago now) and my eventual solution of developing a more efficient Esbit tray stove, I have received a steady stream of emails from readers asking if I could … [Read more...]

Compass Caddy Review

Here’s a clever little Kickstarter project called the Compass Caddy. It let’s you carry your baseplate compass right on your trekking pole so that it’s easily accessible and ready for navigation while you’re hiking. The Compass Caddy is the brain … [Read more...]

Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself. Choose your … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hiking Apparel

I never imagined so many of you would be interested in my backpacking clothing choices. You asked, I listened. I’ve received lots of questions lately about apparel selection and articles of clothing that you’ve seen me wearing in photos … [Read more...]