Month: October 2014

What to Wear: Rain Days

For years I used to dread hiking through rain storms because I struggled with my rain gear, layering options and camp etiquette. I often found myself exhausted, overly dehydrated and sometimes even hypothermic. It was a major weakness in my outdoor lifestyle; a weakness that I worried about when working with clients and feared when […] Read more…

Making Repairs to your Gear

Gear failures in the field can destroy a trip, particularly when they’re involving large items like your backpack, tent, or raingear. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway, or a long extended expedition, torn, ripped, or otherwise damaged gear can be a tough fix in the back country. It’s always important to have a couple of […] Read more…

Lessons Learned: Backpacking With The Flannels

Last weekend, I (Jack Flannel) and my fiancée (future Mrs. Flannel) invited two of our friends to go backpacking up in Upper Peninsula and a little place called Pictured Rocks.  The plan was to backpack around 25 miles in the course of 4 days.  From this trip I realized many things, mostly that there is […] Read more…

Cleaning and Care: Backpacks

After a long hiking or backpacking trip your pack might require a bit of care. Mud, dirt, rain and snow all affect the fabric and performance of technical backpacking packs, and managing the damage done from years of use is important to maintaining the integrity and strength of your backpack. Backpacks: Cleaning Cleaning your backpack […] Read more…