One of the exciting aspects of ultralight backpacking is the on-going quest for light, small and cheap equipment.
Typically, “small and light” comes at a higher price, but what if I could show you how to buy ultralight items at an ultracool price of a dollar each? Continue reading
Fellow Scouts and Scouters:
One of our beloved Assistant Scout Masters of Troop 4 Pasadena and UL enthusiasts, Richard Peck, was recently diagnosed with Continue reading
Making the most of a Friday night
Another last-minute decision. Both Amber and I had Friday night open with no plans until Saturday night, so what better way to spend that time than backpacking? So we loaded our packs and headed for the hills. Continue reading
Last weekend the four of us (including “Lab Rat” the dog) took off Friday evening for a quick overnight to Henninger Flats above Pasadena. Continue reading
Rather than stitch together 500-plus photos, three songs and hours of video editing, I thought I would use one song and as many pics and video clips I can find to cram into 3 minutes. Enjoy!
Recently, while at Costco, I came across a killer deal: Costco is selling carbon fiber trekking poles for $27! So I bought a pair, stripped them down (removed the strap, basket, etc.) and weighed each pole in at 7.1 oz. Although they are no longer offered at Costco, they can be purchased on Amazon.com (click here).
If you have any thoughts of using poles for hiking and backpacking, these are a great find and probably worth checking out.
I use trekking poles to help take pressure off my knees on the down hills, makes the uphills easier, helps me balance, especially on tricky trails and stream crossings. They also serve as my tarp/tent poles, monopod for taking photos and is a handy duct tape dispenser. Talk about multipurpose! Here is a review from Andrew Skurka>>