Helle Alden Knife Giveaway ::Winner Announced::

I’m giving away a beautiful Helle Alden bushcraft knife worth $100 to one lucky reader. The Alden has a razor sharp non-laminated blade made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel and gorgeous curly birch handle with stainless steel fittings. It comes with a genuine leather pouch style sheath. This…

Gossamer Gear Q-Twinn Tarp and Ultralight Storage Bag

Gossamer Gear was one of the first cottage manufacturers to bring lightweight backpacking gear to the masses.  At the time, they embraced silnylon and spinnaker fabric.  In the following years, while quantities often ran small, what stayed consistent were thoughtful and functional designs and well made products.   Gossamer Gear continues to press into the cuben fiber market, or by the

Deejo UL Knives

A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price. by Roger Caffin | 2014-05-27For reasons best known to themselves (i.e. they haven’t told me), gear-maker Baladeo recently spun off a small company called Deejo in France. Deejo’s products (at the time of writing) are a range of ultra-light knives in three different sizes. These were mentioned in Matthew Pullan’s report on ISPO 2014 in Germany, and given their very light weight and minimalistic construction it seemed we should take a closer look at them…

My Ultralight Backpacking Gear List (Updated)

I’ve made some changes to my backpacking gear for this year. The biggest change was replacing my ultralight tarp shelter with a fully-enclosed “tarptent style” shelter from Lightheart Gear. I also replaced my patch-covered 3/4 length Thermarest Prolite sleeping pad (which lasted over 4,000 miles) with a new full-size inflatable pad from Exped. I upgraded my ULA Conduit pack to …

Ka-Bar Dozier Folding Hunter Knife

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Ka-Bar make great knives. Not just great knives, but legendary and highly functional knives that have stood the test of time. Yet despite knowing that, if you had told me that Ka-Bar could make a serious quality folding knife for $20, that I would actually want to carry, I would have just laughed at you. Apparently the joke is on me though, because that’s exactly what Ka-Bar have…

Choosing Shoes for GORUCK Challenge

I get asked at least once a week for advice on the best shoes to wear for doing a GORUCK Challenge. I’ve worn and tested a lot of different shoes and boots for trail running and backpacking over the years and have discovered what works for my feet and my way of hiking, running, and walking. I may not be the authority on footwear or on doing the GORUCK Challenge, but I can tell you what worked for me and why…

Inexpensive Lightweight Down Vest

Yesterday it was 67 degrees at my house in central Virginia and later this week the weather is promising more of the same.  This is a bit odd in my neck of the woods for two reasons.  First, the average high in March is in the 50’s.  Secondly, we’ve had two snowstorms in the last two

How to Find a Cheap Airplane Ticket

Airline tickets seem to get more expensive every year. That flight that cost $200 last year is $400 this year and, as flights often represent the biggest expense of someone’s trip, these higher prices are keeping more people at home. While the era of dirt-cheap air travel is over, there are still ways to find deals…

A Walk Around London (Photos)

Big Ben clock tower London is perhaps the most photographed city in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still fun to walk around and take photos. Big Ben clock tower, on the north side of Westminster Parliament building is one of London’s most famous landmarks. Buckingham…

Dave Cornthwaite on Crossing the Atacama Desert By Whike

Dave on his trusty whike in Chile. Dave Cornthwaite is a British ginger adventurer. He’s also likely one of the kindest and humblest people you’re likely to meet. He’ll be the first to emphatically explain to you why he’s no different than anyone else, despite the fact that he’s completed nine (soon to be 10) non-motorized expeditions of over 1000 miles, such as skateboarding across Australia, swimming the Missouri River…

MLD / Klymit Pillow X (1.9oz/$30)

While I’m not sure the perfect backpacking pillow exists just yet, Mountain Laurel Designs teamed with Klymit to offer a very viable option in the form of MLD’s Pillow X.   Pillow X is a 1.9oz/$30 pillow that uniquely has an “X” chamber design which enables the users head to be cradled in a manner standard backpacking pillows simply can’t offer.  It valleys in the middle to also center

Luke’s Ultralight Gore-Tex Limited Edition Shell

When I was growing up, I was always at the front or back of the line in school when headed out for recess.  When picking sports teams, especially basketball, I was always picked first.  When someone needed help moving, I was always reluctantly volunteered.  When it came to family photos, I was always in the middle/back.  When ordering airline

Win Two World Business Class Seats in KLM’s #FlatOrNot Competition!

Win Two World Business Class Seats in KLM’s #FlatOrNot Competition! originally appeared on Green Global Travel.Win Two World Business Class Seats inKLM’s #FlatOrNot Competition! This sponsored post was brought to you by KLM Airlines. As I mentioned in our story on the Negatives of Traveling back in 2012, I’m not historically a fan of long-distance flights. Because I’m 6’2” and built like a linebacker, being packed like a sardine, elbow-to-elbow with strangers for …

My Favorite Skiing and Snowboarding Photos

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I’m a passionate snowboarder. Each year I visit numerous resorts (one of the perks of writing the About.com Snowboarding Guide) and do a lot of skiing and snowboarding photography. Here are some of my favorite photos from the past few year in more-or-less chronological order. This is my brother Ben. We grew up snowboarding together and now he teaches it for a living. He’s way better than I am…