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In this episode I go on an adventure to find the perfect outdoor hat. In my many years of wearing a hat I’ve discovered there are many different types of hats or head coverings to chose from before heading out on an hike. From the dry outback of Australia comes the Akubra Snowy River and from the equatorial jungles of Brazil comes the Real Deal Tarp Hat. Also included is the Stormy Kromer from the upper peninsula of Michigan and the Ushanka from Russia.

 

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In this episode I talk about the many ways to carry water on a day hike or backpack trip. From the Old Bota Bags to the Canteens and all the way to the modern day Nalgene Bottle. I also talk about the old Sierra Cup, the Kuksa and the Kupilska.

 

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In this episode I discuss the many different types of backpacking stoves on the market and their uses. From the quiet and subtle alcohol stove to the rip roaring white gas stove there are many ways to heat up your tea, cook your meal or just melt snow. 

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Grfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, Mora #2 Knife and Mora Hook Knife

Grfors Bruks Small Forest Axe, Mora #2 Knife and Mora Hook Knife

In this episode I talk about what edged tool I use in the wilderness from my little Victorniox Classic to the faithful Mora No.2, to the Granfors Bruks Small Forest Axe and the Tramontina Machete.

 

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In this episode I talk about what’s in my  fire kit and common ways to light a fire in the back country. 

 

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in this episode I take a quick solo hike up the Deer Springs Trail to the summit of Suicide Rock in Idyllwild California. Since this is the first hike I’ve done in this area since the tragic Mountain Fire that burned over 9,000 acres here last summer I wasn’t exactly sure if the trail was even open .

I also wore my luna Sandals and a Mountain Hardwear Elkkommando Hiking Kilt and tested out a vintage piece of military gear… A Swiss Army Breadbag.

 

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Video of my Adventure – Hike up Deer Springs Trail

Video Review of my Swiss Army Bread Bag – Filmed on top Suicide Rock

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In this episode I talk a little about the unusualy dry weather we’re having, the Pacific Crest Trail and our adventure to visit Eagle Rock. This spring has been unusual to say the least. We’re having 100 degree heat and raging wildfires already and now they are talking about an El Niño Weather pattern setting up for this fall.  I can’t wait.

I also give some interesting facts about the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail and interview two hikers we meet on our hike along the PCT to Eagle Rock. Matt and Bruce took a few minutes to talk about their adventure along the P.C.T. and shared some stories along the way.

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