October 4, 2014
In this episode Gerry, Jacob, Dave and I take a hike up along Icehouse Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California to visit one of Los Angeles’s highest peak.
Trip Video: Ontario Peak along Icehouse Canyon
Trip Photos: Slideshow on Photobucket
September 6, 2014
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.
- Real Deal Brazil Tarp Hat
- Akubra – Snowy River Hat
- David Morgan – Hat Dealer
- Stormy Kromer
- Buff USA Headwear
- O.R. Research – Seattle Sombrero Hats
- Jeff Daniels takes an RV to Stormy Kromer Factory
- Story about an Akubra hat
- Stormy Kromer Testimonial
August 21, 2014
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.
- History of the Military Canteen
- Kupilka – Modern Version of the Kuksa
- Adahy – Fine carved Kuksa’s and spoons
- Camelback - Water bottles & Reservoirs
- Platypus – Watert bottles & Bags.
- Canteen Shop – Canteen & Cook Kits
August 12, 2014
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.
- Adventures in Stoving - Great blog on stoves
- Jason Klass - Matching your stove to your pot
- Jason Klass – How to chose an alcohol stove Pt. 2
- Jason Klass - DIY alcohol stoves
- SHUG – Mini atomic, Trangia and Brasslite test
- Nomadic Stove Company - Makers of the New Bushbuddy
- Mountain Safety Research – XGX, Pocket Rocket and Whisperlight
- Primus - Omni fuel and other stoves
July 25, 2014
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.
- An Axe to Grind – U.S.Forest Service
- Knives JMHO – From Wilderness Outfitters
- Mel Gibson’s The Patriot Tomahawk Scene
- Sharpen Up – How to sharpen your edged tools
- Machete Modifications for the bush
- Types of Machetes
- Ragweed Forge – Tomahawks, Puuko knives and others
- Victorinox Swisstool RS Review
- Fort Turner Tomahaawk – Top Quality
July 12, 2014
June 26, 2014
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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.