Gear Archive

Northern California backcountry clothing guide

Summer is here! A great time to enjoy backpacking and alpine climbing. The outdoor industry overwhelms novices with the thousands of brands promising them a stress-free, ultralight vacation if they buy the latest sleeping bag or dress up in fifty layers. Magazines like Backpacker or brochures from REI/Patagonia don’t help. When every item and every review is punctuated by “ultra-light” and “super-comfortable”, the terms lose all meaning. So here are my picks from over four years and 60+ days spent in the California wilderness. Read more...