Finding Time To Unplug From All Things Needing A Plug

 By Rob (Backpacking Adventures) (guest blogger) Find time to go backpacking? Time? You think I can find time? I am a husband, and the father of two daughters ages thirteen and seventeen. My career requires about thirty weeks a year on the road. Then, there are my other hobbies of golf and playing music. There is no […]

Hiking Solo But Afraid of the Dark

I will admit it.  As much as I enjoy backpacking solo there have been a few times when I found myself wishing I wasn’t alone as the sun went down. You may know what I’m talking about: when the long, friendly shadows cast by a glowing sun suddenly morph into sinister-looking shapes that scurry behind trees or stop moving […]

The Allure of Backpacking

Years ago I was telling a lady that I was going to spend a week’s vacation backpacking.  She was intrigued as we talked about my plans.  Then, it suddenly dawned on her that I was going to spend a week in the woods without taking a shower.  She stopped me at that point.  She explained that her idea […]

Hiking Solo

My hiking career didn’t begin as a solo venture, and I’m very glad that it didn’t.  I didn’t have the skills, know-how, or courage to go alone.  Instead, I tagged along with a couple of guys who had a little more knowledge than I did.  Yet, it wasn’t their woodcraft that kept me in their company.  Rather, I […]

Burn Test of Element Wood Stove and Pine Fire Sandy Cookie

For some time I had been interested in getting a backpacking wood stove.  There are a number of different styles available on the marketplace and so I took my time deciding. I wanted something small, efficient, and reliable.  Eventually, I decided on the Element by Tato Gear.  I choose the titanium model, which weighs in […]

Sawyer Mini Modifcation

What’s not to love about the Sawyer Mini Squeeze filter?  Well, for one thing, the provided “dirty” water bladder isn’t very convenient.  The bladder is designed to be attached to the filter so that the water can be squeezed through it.  However, the opening of the bladder is around an inch wide.  One must either […]