Fish, hunt, hike, camp… all things outdoors, some bullets and hooks included.

Kid carrier backpacks – REI Piggyback, Kelty Tour

Our baby daughter turns one-year-old next month, and in the ongoing challenge to keep active with the little one backpack child carriers have been a godsend. In the past six months, my wife and I have hiked in Sweden, trotted along in local orienteering races, walked unencumbered with the dog on a leash through our neighborhood, and even shoveled snow with a content baby in the carriers we’ve been using. Read More...

July 13, 2006

Sea to Summit waterproof gear bags

In 1990, an Australian named Tim Macartney-Snape took a swim in India's Bay of Bengal, and then he shouldered a backpack to start a long hike uphill. Four months later, hiking from the ocean, through the foothills of the Himalayas, and eventually climbing to base camp on Mt. Everest and up the mountain itself, Macartney-Snape stood on the summit of the world's highest peak. Read More...

May 31, 2006

National Geographic Maps, TOPO! State Series

National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers to produce publication supplements, atlases, globes, recreational maps and maps used for the society's video and television productions. This division also produces TOPO! State Series software, a collection of digitized United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps packaged by state or region. Read More...

March 6, 2006

Mora knives

More than 100 years ago, in the rural Swedish village of Ostnor, just outside of the well-known town of Mora, a knifesmith named Erik Frost founded Frosts Knivfabrik. The Mora region was renowned for its high-quality blades, and Frost built his company on knife making principles and practices that had been handed down for many generations. Read More...

October 24, 2005

Jetboil Review – Personal Cooking System

The Jetboil Personal Cooking System (PCS) has been called a total rethink of the traditional camp stove. The all-in-one $80 product, which debuted two years ago to much fanfare in the outdoors press, integrates a small butane burner with a special heat-transfer ring and a 1-liter metal cup. The end result is a cooking system that is about twice as fuel efficient as competing stove models, according to the company's tests. Read More...

September 24, 2005
thumb compass

The Thumb Compass Review

The thumb compass is a funny little esoteric piece of gear that's slowly earned my respect over the past few months. I was first introduced to the concept by an orienteering acquaintance who could run through the woods like a deer, jumping logs, dodging branches, skirting swamps, all while reading a detailed map and taking quick glances at the small thumb-mounted dial. Read More...

September 23, 2005

Brunton SolarRoll Review

Brunton's SolarRoll products are flexible plastic sheets with embedded solar paneling made for powering electronic equipment deep in the wilderness. The rolls weigh less than the average camp stove but output up to 14 Watts of power, which in my tests was enough juice to recharge a laptop computer. Read More...

July 23, 2005

Brunton GreenHeat flammable canisters

Brunton has taken the decades-old concept of canned heat and added a couple crucial modern twists. The company's new line of GreenHeat fuel canisters, which are being marketed to backpackers, climbers and anyone else who needs to pack as light as possible, are filled with a special concoction of gelled and highly-flammable vegetable oil. Read More...

February 6, 2005

Multi tool review – Buck, Leatherman, Victorinox

There are fabled stories and epic survival tales built completely on the transpiration of a multi-tool in a time of dire need. Whether it's the climber high on a mountain who repaired his stove just before freezing or skiers who needed to jigger a binding back to life 14 miles from the car, the multi-tool has saved a legion of outdoor athletes from great misery or much worse. Read More...

August 13, 2004

Princeton Tec Corona headlamp

Princeton Tec calls its new Corona the brightest and most efficient headlamp on the market. That's a claim so lofty that after reading it once I felt obligated to give the headlamp a full test. Read More...

June 15, 2004

Highpointing — Silva, Maptech, Mountaineers Books

Each of the 50 U.S. states has a high point of elevation, be it a towering mountain peak or a nondescript knoll in a cornfield. To a small group of climbers who call themselves highpointers, every one of these summits is geographically significant. Read More...

March 17, 2004

ACR Survival Gear

ACR Electronics, a 48-year-old company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., likes to credit itself with saving more than 10,000 lives over the years. Indeed, its line of survival products has been used by soldiers, sailors, Apollo 13 astronauts and outdoor athletes since the days of the Eisenhower administration. Read More...

March 17, 2004
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