Tag Archive: Backpacking

Katadyn Water Filter Ultralight

Katadyn Hiker Microfilter Review

On the Quick: Weight: 11oz Dimensions: 7.6” x 16.5” x 6.1” Capacity (gal/L): ~ 200 / ~750 Output (gal/L): ~ 1 quart/min / ~ 1 L/min Type: Activated Carbon MSRP: $74.95 – but can often be found cheaper. At the time of writing, Amazon is listing this item at $56.70 Available from: REI and Amazon. Note: Katadyn recently released Katadyn…

read » October 20, 2014
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Hike Parker Lake

Parker Lake is one of the smaller lakes near the June Lake Loop, but while foliage-seeking tourists will flock to the easily accessible aspen groves of June, Gulf, Silver, and Grant Lakes, for a tiny bit more effort hikers can enjoy the absolutely stunning views at the end of the Parker Lake Trail. There is a handful of trails I…

read » October 9, 2014
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Hike McGee Creek Canyon

The Eastern Sierra is a supremely photogenic region of California no matter what time of year, but in early fall when the aspen change color it can be especially tough to beat. McGee Creek – between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop just to the southwest of Lake Crowley – is an absolute must-hike at peak color. It’s difficulty is very manageable…

read » October 7, 2014
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Snow Peak SnowMiner Headlamp / Lantern Review

On the Quick: Weight: 2.3oz (without batteries) Dimensions: 2.2” D x 2” W Usage Hours: 140 hrs. on Low, 55 hrs. on Hight, 250 hrs. on Strobe Brightness: 80 Lumens High, 8 Lumens Low Power: 3 AAA (included) MSRP: $49.95 Available From: www.snowpeak.com   If there’s one piece of equipment that tends to be in anyone’s arsenal it’s the headlamp. …

read » October 6, 2014
Golite Jam 70

GoLite Jam 70L Backpack Review

On the Quick Weight: 1lb 15oz Capacity: 70l Design: Frameless Totally Carrying Weight: 30lb Maximum MSRP: $129.99 Available From: http://www.golite.com Whenever someone asks me about how they can start getting their pack lighter, I first ask them what kind of pack they have. In my opinion, ultralighting starts with the pack. Your average pack weighs roughly three and a half…

read » September 29, 2014
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Hiking the Chesler Park Loop in Canyonlands

If you’re in the mood for some terrain and rock formations that will make you think you’re on another planet, this loop in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park via the Chesler Park and Joint Trails needs to go on the top of your to-hike list ASAP. This 10.4 mile loop takes you into some of the most seemingly…

read » September 19, 2014
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Backpacking Yosemite’s Pohono Trail

  Have you ever been asked if you’d rather have the power of flight or the power of invisibility and found it difficult to decide between the two? With Yosemite’s Pohono Trail, you don’t have to choose – you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the famed Yosemite valley and beyond, along with the kind of solitude that makes you feel…

read » July 24, 2014
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Product Review: NYNE Mini

As a hiker, I am mostly against the use of headphones or music on the trail. Unless you’re doing an out-and-back and the way back is a bit on the boring side – or if you’re climbing up something like the 99 Switchbacks in the middle of the day and just want a bit of extra juice in your legs –…

read » July 23, 2014
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Hike and Backpack San Bernardino Peak

Amidst the famous summits of the Los Angeles basin stands the oft-overlooked San Bernardino Peak. This relatively inconspicuous bump on the long ridge leading up to Mt. San Gorgonio’s summit is the first of the nine peaks in the “Nine Peaks Challenge.” Despite the fame given to its more famous “saintly” neighbors, Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), Mt. San Jacinto, and…

read » July 3, 2014
Mountain House

Product Review: Mountain House Just in Case

I’m the first to admit it – I am not very good at cooking things while camping. It’s something I definitely want to improve at but to be honest most of the time I just offer to carry the gear of the designated camp chef. But when I’m going solo in the backcountry, I always want a big, hot breakfast…

read » March 13, 2014

Win a Signed Copy of "Mile … Mile and a Half"

OK – enough bad news about the government shutdown and whether or not your hiking destination is open for business … it’s time for some good news for lovers of nature AND beautiful documentaries – The John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half is available on DVD/Blu-Ray, iTunes, and other VOD platforms including streaming and downloading directly…

read » October 1, 2013

Backpacking May Make You More Creative

Here are some depressing numbers: the average 8-18 year old in America only spends 15-25 minutes a day in outdoor play or sports, while spending 7.5 hours a day soaked in media from TV, computers, and cell phones. It’s easy to see how people can make a case for something like Nature Deficit Disorder. But it’s not all bad news…

read » December 13, 2012

Bear Swipes iPad from Fisherman

Unless bears have now also joined many humans in having a voracious appetite for things Designed By Apple in California, you probably don’t have to worry about them starting to go after your iPad in the woods – but if you do want to bring your tablet computer to an area known to be frequented by black bears, you might…

read » September 24, 2012

New Mile … Mile and a Half Trailer

If some trail-tracker sees a huge spike in hikers on the John Muir Trail next year, you can probably preemptively go ahead and give all that credit to The Muir Project – the team behind Mile … Mile and a Half. I’ve been following these guys since they released their first footage last year – and I met them at…

read » August 30, 2012

Adventure 16 Parking Lot Sale on Saturday

It’s no fun to set your alarm on Saturday morning (unless you’re going out for a hike, that is), but this Saturday you’ve got another good excuse – the Adventure 16 Parking Lot Sale. Part sidewalk sale, part carnival – the Parking Lot Sale will be held at the West L.A. store this Saturday, August 25th from 9AM to 1PM.…

read » August 23, 2012

Gear Guide Giveaway

I’m happy to announce that the guys at National Geographic have provided me three copies of Andrew Skurka’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide to give away to Modern Hiker readers – and all you have to do is a little bit of writing. By noon, Pacific Time on Friday, March 30th, leave me a comment on this post telling me…

read » March 28, 2012

National Geographic’s Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

Gear Guides are by nature very fleeting – companies make money by putting out newer, better versions of their gear every season. So publishing a gear guide in book form may seem like an exercise in futility, but thankfully National Geographic’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide avoids those pitfalls through excellent writing and an extremely intuitive organization style. The book…

read » March 28, 2012

National Geographic's Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

Gear Guides are by nature very fleeting – companies make money by putting out newer, better versions of their gear every season. So publishing a gear guide in book form may seem like an exercise in futility, but thankfully National Geographic’s new Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide avoids those pitfalls through excellent writing and an extremely intuitive organization style. The book…

read » March 28, 2012

Trailer for New John Muir Trail Documentary

Last year, I wrote about The Muir Project – a group of artists and filmmakers who hiked the John Muir Trail and documented their journey with some stunning HD video. They only released a short clip of their footage before, but today they’ve unveiled the first trailer for their feature-length documentary Mile … Mile and a Half. If the earlier…

read » February 15, 2012

Product Review: iMainGo X

The team at Portable Sound Labs sent me one of their iMainGo X cases, suggesting it could be used as a small portable speaker for backpacking or camping. I finally had a chance to put the unit to the test and I have to say – while I don’t think I’d always want to pack along some speakers for a…

read » February 8, 2012