John’s first backpack is now a museum piece. Sandy went through a variety of packs before settling on the comfortable Osprey Ariel. Here’s what we now carry, and why.
Camping Gear Reviews
Unbiased reviews of camping gear that we've either purchased ourselves or had sent to us for testing in Florida's unique outdoor conditions.
Just before we left for our last Appalachian Trail adventure, we decided to carry only a single bag for the two of us. We’d spent hours trying to see if any of our existing sleeping bags would zip together. Five or six bags later, we had no matches. With only a few weeks before we’d […]
Having received a Blender Bottle GoStak to test some months ago, we’ve been trying to figure out uses for it while backpacking. As hard as we tried, we just couldn’t find a use for them in our very weight-conscious backpacks. It’s just hard to beat a lightweight inexpensive zip closure plastic bag. However, not all […]
After months of using my Dorcy headlamp as just an everyday flashlight, the opportunity finally came to give it a real test. I headed off on the Florida Trail with the Dorcy 41-2093 as my do-everything light. Winter is the best time to hike in Florida. Cooler, and often with less bugs. But with winter […]
Our Dorcy Lantern arrived the night before our Big O Hike Trip. With it being a ‘social’ hike instead of a backpacking trip we would be spending the next ten nights in Primrose, our vintage VW camper. After a long drive in the rain to Okeechobee, I needed to work on the windshield wipers twice. […]
After trying an array of camp stoves over the years, from Whisperlite to Zip and Esbit, I found the Jetboil. Now I feel comfortable cooking in the woods again.
Before we left for the AT, I gave John a few pieces of gear to test for us, which were sent along for my inspection by the manufacturer. Here’s one that we used while backpacking in Florida but it didn’t make the cut for our AT hike – we stuck with headlamps instead. For our […]