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I post a lot about hikes on this blog. Heck, it’s in my blog description. So it’s clear to people who stumble across this place that I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and generally being outdoors. I figured it’s high time I post what gear I use, and some alternatives for those who don’t necessarily align with my tastes or preferences.

Here’s what I use on a multi-day, overnight trip. You can get a very detailed list with links to buy, formal descriptions, and more on this public Google Doc I wrote. Here’s the simple breakdown:

Item Brand Link
REI Flash 62 Backpack REI http://www.rei.com/product/862882/rei-flash-62-pack
REI Passage II Tent REI http://www.rei.com/product/810115/rei-passage-2-tent
Kelty Cosmic Down +0 Sleeping Bag Kelty http://www.rei.com/product/807900/kelty-cosmic-down-0-sleeping-bag
Camelbak 2L Water Bladder Camelbak http://www.rei.com/product/812089/camelbak-antidote-reservoir-70-fl-oz
Lifestraw Water Filter Lifestraw http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006QF3TW4/ref=sr_rp_1?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ie=UTF8&qid=1451095702&sr=sr-1&keywords=lifestraw
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Sleeping Mat Therm-a-Rest http://www.rei.com/product/810386/therm-a-rest-ridgerest-solite-sleeping-pad
MSR PocketRocket Canister Stove MSR http://www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/rapid-cooking/pocketrocket/product
MSR IsoPro Fuel Canister MSR http://www.cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/stove-accessories/msr-isopro/product
Fitbit Charge HR Fitbit http://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Charge-Wireless-Activity-Wristband/dp/B00N2BW2PK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1451096615&sr=8-3&keywords=fitbit+charge+hr

Tent

This is a grade-A tent, especially for the price. Double doors, space for 2, a great rainfly, vestibules on both sides, breathes well, and has a useful top pocket. If you can spare the extra cash, get the footprint to stretch out the life of this tent.

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Backpack

What a great, great backpack. Lots of space, light as a feather, sturdy as a 2×4, pockets galore, huge water bottle holsters, water bladder pocket, and plenty of buckles and straps to tie down your sleeping bag/tent/sleeping mat. And as of this post, it’s at a phenomenal price. I love this pack, though if you’re gone for several days, put some comfortable fabric on the shoulder straps — if you’re wearing thin clothing, it can wear on you a little bit. Not a lot, but a little.

Stove

This little sucker is a true rocket that fits in your pocket. It earns its name. No assembly required, just pop on a canister, turn the adjustable flame valve and light it with a match. You get a seriously roaring blue flame out of this guy in seconds, and several cups of boiled water in less than 3 minutes. MSR clocks it at 3.5 to 4 minutes to boil a liter, and my results were around there, if not a little faster. Perfect little stove for coffee, and foods that require hot water — oatmeal, dehydrated meals, etc. For $40, it’s a steal.

 

More pics coming soon!