How long has it been??…

It has been a while! 

I started off the year with great intentions of hiking and blogging regularly, but when school work and work work sets in it becomes very difficult to keep up those exciting hobbies.

The longer I waited, the more the guilt just piled on! 

I suppose I am returning to announce that I hope to continue blogging, but it will be about other topics rather than hiking and gear.

For those of you who stick around to continue to read my blog- great! For those of you who do not, it is understandable for I have betrayed your trust!! I hope that you can forgive me and we can part as friends. 

 

I will continue to post in pursuing weeks to update any reader base that sticks around!

Gear Talk: Merrell Mix Master 2 Minimalist Trial Runners

Bicyclists take care of their bikes, equestrians care for their horses, and subsequently hikers must take care for their feet.  I have tried hiking boots, hiking shoes, running shoes, tennis shoes, and even my vans for hiking… and I have yet to find anything that I like more than my new Merrell Mix Masters. I will give my first impressions review.

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Winter Day Hikes with the GG Murmur

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Stinging Fork Falls Cumberland Trail

Brian Green has sent me both a Gossamer Gear Gorilla backpack and Murmur Backpack to give me the chance to use and review them. I really appreciate the opportunity because every person has their own comfort levels and packing styles; I would go broke if I bought every item of gear that caught my eye! Brian actually gave his own review of this pack; I encourage you to check it out here.

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GEAR TALK: Hammock Gear Burrow 20 F

A new piece of gear for me has been the Hammock Gear Burrow 20F top quilt. I plan on giving a fuller review in the future, but I wanted to give a little of what I experienced while it is still fresh on my mind. I bought this quilt used from a fellow ultralight hiker and he had it custom made with M50 outer shell material, 10D inside, and roughly 11 oz 900 FP down (maybe +1 overfill). With a button-snap closure system this quilt comes out at 528 grams or 18.6 oz, which is much lighter than my previous bag- a North Face Blue Kazoo (40 oz). On This trip I used this quilt in conjunction with my Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3 and Gossamer Gear 1/8 in sleeping pads and the Borahgami.

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