Archives for November 2014

weBBem Traveler – Analog Watch

weBBem Traveler Watch I own quite a few watches, as many of you probably know. Some of my watches could be considered "high-end" and others are better described as every day beaters. Not too … [Read more...]

The Essential Guide to Winter Camping Booze

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year, and friends are right at the top of my list. Since moving out to Colorado at the beginning of the year, I haven’t been able to spend very much time with my family – so my friends out here have … [Read more...]

The Essential Guide to Winter Camping Booze

I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year, and friends are right at the top of my list. Since moving out to Colorado at the beginning of the year, I haven’t been able to spend very much time with my family – so my friends out here have … [Read more...]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view a little bit up the trail While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to … [Read more...]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view a little bit up the trail While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to … [Read more...]

Haleakala Sunrise – Crowded and cold, but worth it

Haleakala Sunrise “This had better be worth it,” I muttered to myself as I hopped up and down to stay warm. We had risen at 3:30AM to drive up to the top of Maui, along with half of the island, it seemed, to witness the Haleakala Sunrise. … [Read more...]

Haleakala Sunrise – Crowded and cold, but worth it

Haleakala Sunrise “This had better be worth it,” I muttered to myself as I hopped up and down to stay warm. We had risen at 3:30AM to drive up to the top of Maui, along with half of the island, it seemed, to witness the Haleakala Sunrise. … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Tykes

    Well, here we are again, a month away from Christmas. Ack! Have you started checking off items on your gift list or have you even made a list, yet? Yeah, I’m still searching for a pen and paper for my list, however, I have made … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Tykes

    Well, here we are again, a month away from Christmas. Ack! Have you started checking off items on your gift list or have you even made a list, yet? Yeah, I’m still searching for a pen and paper for my list, however, I have made … [Read more...]

Ka-Bar Dozier Knife Giveaway

I don’t know of any other knives for $20 that can beat the Ka-Bar Dozier Hunter. It’s a ridiculously good value and worth considerably more. I running a quick knife giveaway for the blaze orange handle version that I reviewed earlier this year. … [Read more...]

Affordable and Useful Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner and I'm getting lots of inquiries about holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy loved ones. Here are a couple of small backpacking, hiking, and camping related gear picks based on things that I … [Read more...]

Bushnell SolarWrap Mini Solar Charger

I’ve been waiting for a light weight, compact solar charger to hit the market for a very long time. So I was excited when I discovered the Bushnell SolarWrap Mini a few months ago. Until now the only solar charging solutions on the market all largely … [Read more...]

Green Valley Campground – A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

I knew that Veteran’s Day was coming up and Soph wouldn’t have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family … [Read more...]

Green Valley Campground – A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

I knew that Veteran’s Day was coming up and Soph wouldn’t have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family … [Read more...]

Foot pain diagnosis: Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma For those of you who were wondering how my feet were doing, since I mentioned how painful they were in my trips to San Gorgonio and the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra, they are doing a little better. Not a lot, but there has been … [Read more...]

Foot pain diagnosis: Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma For those of you who were wondering how my feet were doing, since I mentioned how painful they were in my trips to San Gorgonio and the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra, they are doing a little better. Not a lot, but there has been … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Outdoor Products Amphibian 20L Waterproof Pack

The Outdoor Products Amphibian Weather Defense backpack is a 20L waterproof pack that earned the #1 spot in a recent Backpacker Magazine rating of waterproof packs. I am in the process of introducing my children to canoeing, and given their penchant … [Read more...]

Why you should just take a rest day today.

When is the last time you took a real rest day? I’m talkin’ no agenda, no training, no trips. You woke up, and spent the rest of the day within a half mile of your bed. There may have been some whisky-spiked coffee involved. Mine usually … [Read more...]

Cemetery Hill – SD Peak #69 – A Short Backpacking Trip Bathed in Sunset Light

The area around Cemetery Hill Cemetery Hill Elevation: 3,459′ Total Mileage: 3.6 Trailhead Map Agency: Cleveland National Forest I had gotten settled back into San Diego. It had been a couple of months since the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra. I had … [Read more...]