January 31, 2019

In the Fall of 2018, my dad and I were in the process of planning an upcoming trip on the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit.  I was in need of a small backpack to hold the items I'd need throughout the day: food, clothing, etc.  I wanted something waterproof, but also durable.  This is typically a very rainy trip and our gear would spend most of the time riding around in the bottom of our canoe - a place that is perpetually wet, sand...

September 23, 2018

The Bowron Lakes is a 70 mile circuit of lakes located in central British Columbia, Canada.  It is truly an amazing place with lakes, rivers, forests, marshes, and wildlife - a true wilderness experience.  As with anywhere in the pacific northwest, weather can be unpredictable, but those who choose to brave the elements will be rewarded with one of the best experiences of their lives.  Despite the challenges, it's sort of addi...

April 18, 2018

Rain pants are an important part of any hiker's inventory.  Being able to choose the right pair for you is a matter of understanding the basic features and how they best suit your needs.  There are basically three routes you can take when it comes to choosing rain pants: 

Full Side-Zip Pants

Examples: Marmot PreCip Full Zip Pant ($100, 12oz.), Arc'teryx Alpha SL Pant ($270, 12.9oz.), Black Diamond Stormline S...

March 8, 2018

Hiking the PCT, AT, CDT, or the JMT can all be a truly life-changing and wonderful experience - months away from work and electronic distractions while you reconnect with nature and meet tons of amazing people along the way.  But if you want to have a successful and fun hike, the most important thing you need to do is prepare your physically for such an undertaking.  A lack of training will turn what could have been an enjoyab...

November 28, 2017

Still deciding what to get someone for Christmas?  Or maybe you need some last minute ideas to add to your list.  

1.  Black Diamond Swift Ice Axe - $190

With a T-rating and an adjustable pinky rest, this piolet can take you to places no other piolet can.  Capable of ice and mixed climbing in addition to self arrest, this ice axe is sure to be along for the ride on all of your climbing adventures.  

2.  Aqua Sphere Caye...

November 22, 2017

Tent poles may last a long time, but the shock cord doesn't.   Eventually it becomes permanently stretched out and no longer holds the poles sections together.  I have a Kelty Quartz 2 tent that I've been using since about 2004.  The shock cord has become worn out and no longer has any stretch.  The tent has been useable, but I had to shove the tent cord into the poles to get the poles to fit together.  I decided it was finall...

October 14, 2017

This hike has been a family mainstay for a number of years now - and for good reason.  The scenery is absolutely incredible and it offers high rewards for its equally high challenge.  It covers 18 miles with nearly 5,000ft of elevation gain - all done in a span of about 12 hours.  If that doesn't sound difficult enough, the weather in the upper Enchantments is terrible - you can count on it.  That being said, we do this hike i...

September 3, 2017

I've been using hiking boots since I was a kid.  I had always believed that proper hiking boots were the only footwear a responsible hiker would choose.  After all, how could you dare to venture into the outdoors without waterproofing and ankle support? 

Using trail running shoes for hiking has been common for a few years now.  I finally decided to switch to trail runners for more comfort, speed, and versatility...

August 22, 2017

My wife and I had been planning a backpacking trip this summer for quite some time.  We had originally planned to do the Bowron Lake Circuit in British Columbia, but failed to get a permit and decided to try to find something closer to home instead.  If you've read any of my other trips reports, you have some kind of idea of my fitness level.  suffice it to say that I could handle some of the hardest backpacking trips with eas...

June 7, 2017

Back when I was in Scouts, the Ten Essentials was a common topic of discussion.  We would often go over each item when preparing for a trip to make sure we were totally prepared for anything.  As an Eagle Scout (and honestly even just as a responsible outdoorsman) the Ten Essentials are still a piece of my kit that I put a lot of thought into.  Though I don't always adhere to the common list of Ten Essentials, which is as foll...

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Hi, I'm Kevin.  I'm a triathlete and mountaineer, among other things.   This is where I get to share my adventures with you.  


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