How to Keep the Bears Away, Gear & Tips

With our passion for backpacking in the backcountry growing, it was inevitable to eventually find ourselves in bear country. Our first experience was on our most recent trip to Northern California and Oregon. With overnights at Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Mount Hood National Forest, and Crater Lake National Park, we knew we needed…

Water On The Trail & The Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter

Our first experience with a natural water source was at Page Spring, located off the Grandview Trail at the Grand Canyon. On the hike down, we each had a 3L water bladder in our packs, plus another 1.4L each in REI Wide-Mouth Loop-Top Water Bottles with water and Gatorade mix, and another 3-4L of water…

A Hot Meal on the Trail, & Coffee too!

There’s only so much trail mix and dried fruit one can eat before getting sick of it. And after a long hike, there’s nothing better than a hot meal. Before going on our three night trip at the Grand Canyon, which included one overnight backpacking excursion, we researched all sorts of hikers stoves and compact cook systems…