WHAT is Bikepacking?

It wasn’t all that long ago that I had to ask Kraig Becker … WHAT is Bikepacking? I wanted to get to hiking trailheads by BIKE. … But isn’t that called Bike Touring? considers those 2 terms nearly identical, except that touring is mostly on pavement. Bikepacking mostly non-pavement. Camping + minimalist Cycling. Like …

REI Activator 3.0 Softshell Pants Review

REI’s Activator 3.0 Soft-Shell Pants, available for both men and women, are softshell pants for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. They’re water-resistant and highly breathable to prevent sweat build-up, with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for freedom of movement. They’re rated windproof to 35 mph wind and coated with DWR (durable water repellent) for …

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Hip Hip Hooray!

Dreams Dashed
So, COVID resulted in the cancellation of my hike the night before I planned to leave in 2020. I know I am not the only one who had that dream dashed. Anyone who has planned a thru hike knows it’s not like cancelling a week-long vacation and rescheduling it later. Nope. This is a huge hiccup in plans. There are financial considerations, not to mention employment status. Mentally, I was thrown for a loop. ...

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Shaking Down Gear and Shaking Out Nerves (Kind of…)

Hey guys!
In May of 2020 my boyfriend, Ryan, and I made a plan to quit our jobs and take a year-long sabbatical to travel around in our 2015 Ford Transit Van, hike the Appalachian Trail, and go on an extended adventure.  We had a lot of work ahead of us to make the van a viable living situation for the two of us and our dog, Parker. In November, we packed up our lives in San Diego, ...

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