Best Hatchet, Tiny Rod, Man Fights Bear: GearJunkie Week In Review

A recap of top stories, week of Oct. 5 – 9, 2015.

week in review

1) Hammocks For Rent: 12 ‘Camping’ Options On Airbnb

Want to go camping without packing up all the gear? These 12 spots — some of more than 300 Airbnb tent rentals across the United States — offer a cushy outdoor spot to sleep under the stars.


2) Expert Climbers Seek Young Protégés

The Alpine Mentors program is seeking applicants for a free, two-year mentorship program with some of the world’s top climbers.

Hults Bruk Camping Hatchet Review

3) Superior Hatchet: Hults Bruk ‘Almike’ Review

Made by hand by Swedish blacksmiths, the Hults Bruk hatchet is functional craftsmanship at its finest.


4) First Look: Made-In-USA ‘Bear Taco’ Hammock

This USA-made hammock claims to hold more than you’ll ever put in it.


5) Massive! 12-Inch Rock Climbing Cam Anchor

A new cam by Denver mechanical engineer Evan Deis is among the biggest ever built.


6) LOL: In A Tent, ‘One With Nature’

This satirical video about the modern conveniences of camping is funny, and hits pretty close to home.



7) Gravel, Adventure Bikes, Endurance-Road… They’re All The Same

The bike industry’s marketing machine feeds us a lot of crap trying to get us to buy the latest and greatest. Our resident Bike Junkie clears a few things up with a look at the gravel bike trend.


8) Campfire Tool: Pocket Bellows Builds Fire By Blasting Air

Big flame guaranteed! Puff into the V3-Pocket Bellows, a collapsible tube that blasts your breath into the heart of the fire, and watch the coals glow hot.


9) Hikers Survive Suspension Bridge Failure

These four hikers will never look at a suspension bridge quite the same way again.


10) EDC Knife Fits In Wallet

If you’ve got your wallet, you’ve got your knife. That’s the premise of the ‘WildCard.’


11) ‘The God Of Skiing’ Will Stoke You For Winter

Review of The God Of Skiing: Peter Kray’s first novel is a rowdy ride of a read.


12) Lindsey Vonn Undercover As Vail ‘Safety Officer’

Vonn really gets into her role, scolding skiers for going too fast in Vail’s base area in this silly video.


13) Columbia Sportswear Hires ‘Directors Of Toughness’

This might be the best job in the outdoors world.


14) Rush Hour Looks More Pleasant In Copenhagen

The frustrations of rush hour ‘gridlock’ look a lot different in the world’s best bike commuting city.


15) Infrared Vision From Tiny Camera: FLIR One Review

Want to see in the dark? This camera by Flir attaches to a phone and provides a lens that senses heat and presents it in the visible sphere.


Gert Boyle One Tough Mother

16) ‘One Tough Mother’ Returning To Columbia Pitch

Gert Boyle, the Chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, will return to her iconic role in the brand’s advertising.


17) October Snow: Powder Turns Today In Colorado

At least one person has got a few powder turns in Colorado so far this year.


Grizzly Bear

18) Man Fights Off Grizzly By Shoving Arm Down Its Throat

Man says unorthodox method passed down from grandmother’s magazine clipping may have saved his life.


19) Fly Fishing Rod Fits In Pocket, Weighs Two Ounces

The Tenkara Rod Co. Mini Sawtooth and Mini Teton fly rods are light and compact enough to carry anywhere when hiking, biking or even running.


20) Experts Simple Tips To Sharpen A Knife

A dull knife is less functional and more dangerous to the user than a sharp one. Keep every knife in your house working perfectly with these tips.


21) Custom Build: Do-All Singlespeed ‘Backcountry Bike’

Summer 2015 was a banner year of mountain biking in our Idaho bureau. This is the bike and kit we fell in love with this season.


22) ‘Recon Mixed’ Bike Shoe Review

The Recon Mixed bike shoes by Specialized hit a nexus of performance, versatility, and good looks.

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23) Watch: Skier Grinds Chair Lift Cable

You don’t see that every day. Carl grinds the ski lift cable in Nevados, Chile.


24) Warm-Weather Wool: Icebreaker Merino Shirts

We put Icebreaker’s hot-weather wool, the Cool-Lite line, to a test this summer.


25) Fit For Duty: Firefighter Is World-Class Cyclist

Daniel Casper is a world-class bike racer and Minneapolis Fire Captain.


26) Cook With Sun: ‘PhotonGrill’ Reflects Solar Rays As Fuel

An inflatable dish covered in foil, the company sells this product as a ‘high-power portable BBQ’ that cooks by the sun.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.