Well, it’s that time of the year again when many backpacking bloggers create a list of their favorite new gear from the prior year. How on earth (or why) can these folks have a slew of new backpacking gear year after year? Methinks they are focused on gear, not getting out often and walking. But I digress…
Then some of these bloggers publish web stats for their blog during the prior year. Really? How boring.
A few backpacking bloggers may only post some of their favorite pictures taken during the prior year or do a simple recap of some trip reports – I like what some of the “few” do. The rest, meh.
What is interesting is that campers and full time RVers who blog generally don’t do this. They simply keep writing about their adventures.
My backpacking gear hasn’t changed much in the past 4 or 5 years, so nothing to write about here. Same goes for our camping gear. Somewhere on this website are lists of the gear and equipment we use. You should be able to easily find those if you are interested.
Given this pessimistic outlook on gear, there is one piece of equipment that has been critical for every single backpacking or camping trip I have done since 2003.
Yesterday I wrote a post about the camping and camper gear we use. It was written because several people asked for a list similar to the Backpacking Gear I Use article I wrote in May of 2013. Looking at that post, I see a few things that need to be update 3 1/2 years later. So here goes… any changes will be notated in red font.
I want to point out that unlike camping and camper stuff that have a longevity in production, backpacking gear changes quickly. Old models are discontinued often, especially clothing and footwear. If I find a garment or shoe that I like and want to use long term, I usually buy several of each item, because if it is good the manufacturer will probably soon discontinue it and replace it with a “new and improved” model that is mostly marketing hype or worse — simply discontinue it.
Continue reading Backpacking Gear I Use (updated)
Well, I guess it is close to that time when everyone posts their favorite gear for the year.
Continue reading Favorite Backpacking Gear for 2013
Let me state up front: I like Patagonia products. I have lots of Patagonia items and have been doing business with them since the early 1980’s, when they were Chouinard Equipment. The gear is good, and Patagonia gets top dollar for it.
This may surprise you, but I am not going to talk about gear; I am going to talk about advertising.
Continue reading Patagonia, shame on you
Nice article on Bedrock & Paradox by Dave, “That’s not a review”
Dave is not as subtle as me:)
But in the same vein as what I wrote in several posts:
Cease and Desist
The Business of Backpacking
I took it a bit further in Backpacking Gear Is Getting Boring
A couple days ago I was writing a post about the stoves I use on most trips. I guess the point was that people spend too much of their time talking, playing, and reviewing stoves. Just buy a freakin’ stove and be done with it.
Most of my posts are for my kids, and when it comes to things backpacking, the posts are for my son Joe who also backpacks.
I suppose I have done my share of gear talk, but I am really, really getting bored with backpacking gear.
Continue reading Backpacking Gear Is Getting Boring
Review of the gear I use on my backpacking trips.
Above: The backpacking, hiking, camping, and boating equipment I have accumulated over nearly 50 years. To see what I use today continue reading…
Just uploaded some vintage gear…