9 Apr 2021

Review: Chill Pal Mesh vs PVA Cooling Towels for Hiking, Camping, Travel

By |2021-07-06T12:28:47-07:00Apr 9, 2021 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Read: 3 mins. Hiking in hot weather can quickly drain someone's will to keep going, and finding ways to stay cool had been consistently sought after by my outdoor friends and I during long hikes/travels or when out in exceptionally scorching, hot temperatures. The Chill Pal Mesh Cooling Towels had helped with that while also having served double duty as fever reducers.

7 Oct 2020

Review: Tomshoo Camping Stove (vs Solo Stove)

By |2022-03-04T15:03:37-08:00Oct 7, 2020 - Wednesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 3 mins. Wood stoves are a great, inexpensive, more environmentally-friendly alternative to fuel can-based products like the popular Jetboil, and for years, my go to was the Solo Stove. However, despite all the benefits the Solo Stove offers, its inability to be packed small and its high cost made me look for alternatives for wilderness backpacking and for emergencies as part of a bug out bag. As it turned out, I much prefer the copycat.

30 Jun 2020

Review: Garmin inReach Explorer+ (vs Mini), Tips, and Subscription Plans

By |2021-09-09T23:23:57-07:00Jun 30, 2020 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Read: 14 mins. A week ago, I took my young son on his first backpacking trip into the Sierra Wilderness on a multi-day journey. Naturally, my wife was worried for our safety, and that gave me the opportunity to finally purchase something I had been eyeing for a while: an emergency GPS satellite communication device. I looked into SPOT, Garmin inReach, and various other products, but ultimately went with Garmin for its reliability and Iridium global, satellite network. How did it work for the trip? Did it send timely updates on our status and whereabouts?

20 Mar 2015

How It Was Shot: A Moonlit Yosemite

By |2021-08-13T21:53:25-07:00Mar 20, 2015 - Friday|Photography|0 Comments

Read: 4 mins. My first, serious attempt at landscape night photography during a scheduled, 4-day backpacking trip under a half moon was inspired by a photo I once saw on an REI membership card. Here is how the Yosemite photo was taken and edited.

9 Sep 2014

Athlete’s Foot After Backpacking Yosemite: Remedies

By |2021-09-09T22:12:27-07:00Sep 9, 2014 - Tuesday|Health, Travel|0 Comments

Read: 7 mins. "Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. Signs and symptoms of athlete's foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning." I got it after backpacking Yosemite. Here are the remedies I followed to prevent its spread and get rid of it.

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