The BioLite Stove: Bringing Advanced Tech to the Backcountry

I was browsing the internet when I came across an amazing new invention on the market, the Biolite Stove. Using an innovative energy efficient design, the creators of the Biolite Camp stove have created a portable, backpacking friendly stove that can cook your meal and charge your electronics at the same time! Read More

Travel Jackets and Vests for Women with Concealed Pockets

Finding the right travel jacket or vest can be daunting when there seems to be so many different options for jackets on the market today. However, the reality is, a good travel jacket or vest will have extra necessary pockets and concealed or hidden pockets in it to properly carry all the items you will need and prevent pickpockets from stealing your valuables. With these requirements in mind, there are only a handful of women’s travel jackets and vests that fit the bill. In this article we’ll talk about some of the options available.  Read More

Peru Part 2: Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo

As a continuation of the post, Peru Part 1: Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, this article details the next leg of my journey through this majestic country. There is so much to see and do in Peru it is truly the adventurers’ paradise, irregardless if you’re a world class mountain climber or a luxury traveler. In this article I’ll talk a little bit about jumping into Peruvian culture in the towns of Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo. 

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aguas Calientes
  • Visiting Ollantaytambo and nearby ruins

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Outdoor Gear Insulation Ratings Explained

In this article we explain the mystery behind the various ways clothing insulation is rated to help you choose the best for those cold weather activities.

Choosing the Proper Insulation is Important

We already know that in the wintertime we want more insulation to help protect us against the cold. However, if we go out to buy just any old winter coat or sleeping bag in the store or online there are hundreds of items to choose from and without knowing a little bit about types and ratings of insulation we could buy something that we later regret. Read More

Peru Part 1: Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

From Inka ruins to  Amazonian sloths, Peru is a highly recommended, unforgettable, once in a lifetime adventure! Back in 2013 I was lucky enough to go on a 6 and a half month backpacking trip through Central and South America with the final leg of my journey spent in Peru. A majestic, timeless place, Peru is every adventurer’s paradise whether it be deep in the peaks and valleys of the Andes range, enjoying the Pacific coast, or straddling the borders of Colombia and Brazil in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. 

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cusco Culture and Acclimation
  • Hiking the Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu

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Kahtoola Microspikes Review

The original pocket sized slip-on spike traction systems, the Kahtoola Microspikes are a favorite among winter hikers and trail runners. Lightweight, versatile and durable, this traction system can be added to any type of shoe or boot to give you that needed grip in icy winter conditions. Definately one of my favorite! Read More

Fire and Ice

 
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
 

 

Mountain Shower

By Melissa Lyn
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A Stolen Moment

By Melissa Lyn
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Crashing Tides

By Melissa Lyn

When the tides
of harsh reality
crash against
the shores of life.
And beckoning
beyond the grave,
is the wisdom
of those who
lived the tale. Read More

EXCURSION by D.H. Lawrence

I WONDER, can the night go by;
Can this shot arrow of travel fly
Shaft-golden with light, sheer into the sky
Of a dawned to-morrow,
Without ever sleep delivering us
From each other, or loosing the dolorous
Unfruitful sorrow!

What is it then that you can see
That at the window endlessly
You watch the red sparks whirl and flee
And the night look through?
Your presence peering lonelily there
Oppresses me so, I can hardly bear
To share the train with you.

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Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman

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Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.
The earth, that is sufficient,
I do not want the constellations any nearer,
I know they are very well where they are,
I know they suffice for those who belong to them.
(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

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Lichen Glows in the Moonlight

BY JOHN KINSELLA

Lichen glows in the moonlight
so fierce only cloud blocking
the moon brings relief. Then passed by,
recharged it leaps up off rocks

and suffocates—there is no route
through rocks without having to confront
its beseeching—it lights the way,
not the moon, and outdoes epithets Read More

Kahtoola KTS Aluminum Crampons Review

For many winter hikers using a full on pair of high end crampons isn’t practical. Most crampons are designed to be worn on stiff mountaineering boots that have a rigid sole and substantial heel and toe welts. However, unless you’re planning on doing some real alpine traverses, mountaineering, or ice climbing, going all out and getting a pair of mountaineering boots and these types crampons for your local hikes doesn’t make much sense. Read More

Harmony

By Melissa Lyn
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Writing Always Finds Me

By Amy S. Pacini

Writing always finds me…

In the clustered cells of my restlessly racing mind
In the lonely longings and aching apprehensions of my heart
Weaving a whirling web of whimsical words and a wishful well of wisdom.

Fancily floating like a carefree cardinal red feather in the blissful breezes
On a spring Sunday afternoon looking up at the cloudless robin’s egg blue sky
Pondering the purpose and meaning of life and how I fit in to the universal master plan. Read More

Some Feel Rain by Joanna Klink

Some feel rain. Some feel the beetle startle
in its ghost-part when the bark
slips. Some feel musk. Asleep against
each other in the whiskey dark, scarcely there.
When it falls apart, some feel the moondark air
drop its motes to the patch-thick slopes of
snow. Tiny blinkings of ice from the oak,
a boot-beat that comes and goes, the line of prayer
you can follow from the dusking wind to the snowy owl
it carries. Some feel sunlight Read More

Dreams

By Edgar Allan Poe

Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream!
My spirit not awakening, till the beam
Of an Eternity should bring the morrow.
Yes! tho’ that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,
’Twere better than the cold reality
Of waking life, to him whose heart must be,
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Liberty

By Edward Thomas

The last light has gone out of the world, except
This moonlight lying on the grass like frost
Beyond the brink of the tall elm’s shadow.
It is as if everything else had slept
Many an age, unforgotten and lost
The men that were, the things done, long ago,
All I have thought; and but the moon and I
Live yet and here stand idle over the grave
Where all is buried. 
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By Sanober Khan

Don’t embrace mediocrity; its main charm is to make you fall in love with failure. Speed off… Excellence awaits you at the end of your journey!

Fall in love
with the energy
of the mornings

trace your fingers
along the lull
of the afternoons

take the spirit
of the evenings
in your arms
kiss it deeply

and then
make love
to the tranquility
of the nights.

By Sanober Khan