Category: Camping

Klymit Luxe Pillow review

Pillows are the most uncomfortable bit of camping gear, in my opinion. Backpacking camp pillows generally are too small, and the inflatable types make your head slide off. Others just don’t have enough support and give me a kink in…

Mountain Hardwear Hotbed Flame 20° sleeping bag review

Cold spots are the source of my bad experiences with any sleeping bags. Poorly constructed baffles, bunched up insulation, and even a lack of good zipper draft tubes have all been culprits that let cold air in. But the big…

MSR Windboiler Stove review

A hot meal in the backcountry can cure almost everything that ails you. Sore feet and cold bones melt away when you’re enjoying spoonfuls of your favorite dish. But before you dine, you must cook…and for that you’ll need a…

Alite Designs Monarch Chair review

Multi-day backpacking excursions generally require you to sacrifice comfort in return for a lighter pack. One of the first things to stay at home is the camp chair. But with the Alite Designs Monarch Chair, you don’t have to rely…

Hike to Ibantik Lake in the Uinta Mountains

There’s certainly no shortage of picturesque lakes to visit in Utah’s Uinta Mountains. With literally thousands of choices, it can be tough to select any one body of water for a destination. Ibantik Lake, nestled below the mighty Notch Peak…

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite camping pad review

Let’s face it: the worst part about backpacking is sleeping on the ground. Sure, you can pack a cushy, heavy sleeping pad to keep rocks and roots from digging into your back, but most are too heavy to carry miles…

Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Tent review

Desert camping has been challenging for me. While I love to set out on multi-night adventures in red-rock country, I’ve always had issues with my tent. The desert is sandy and windy. Most tent have lots of mesh. Sand and…

Kelty Discovery 4 Tent review

No one wants to go camping. That was my life before making the move to Utah. For starters, camping was not as readily available back east. Also, the gear which my friends and family owned was a step above pathetic.…