In conjunction with my Go Bag Video, here is a list to help you plan what packs to use and gear to bring as you create your EDC / Emergency bag system. Note that this is a additive modular system. It is assumed that items from the one bag will be added to items in … Continue reading Go Bag Gear List
In "My Gear" part 3, I go over my sleep system: the UGQ Bandit quilt, the Nemo Tensor sleep pad, and the Trekology Aluft pillow. FULL VIDEO HERE!
After an arduous selection process, miles of testing, and hours of YouTube gear reviews, I have finally done it. I have chosen my Camino backpack! Video HERE!
The Mountainsmith Zerk 40 is fairly new on the scene, and it has some unique features created by Tom Gathman ("The Real Hiking Viking"). It's a frameless "fast pack" / "peak bagger" boasting eight reachable external pockets in addition to its large back mesh. Weighing in at under 2 lbs., this pack is designed for … Continue reading Going BerZERK on the Camino!
"How big should my backpack be?" is a regular question for new backpackers and Camino pilgrims. Unfortunately, replies can include assumptions about terminology and measurements that can lead to faulty decisions. HERE I clear up three common misunderstandings made in discussions of backpack sizing.
The struggle is real. As I wrote about in My Pack, my Camino gear journey began with the gift of the Osprey Exos 38. On paper, this was the perfect Camino pack - it seemed to work just fine on my first test hike, and held my gear perfectly on my first pack test. The … Continue reading Shopping for My Camino Backpack (Again)
It probably sounds crazy to even suggest taking a 60 Liter backpack on the Camino, and for good reason: They have too much space! They cost too much! They weight too much! Or do they??? Today's inexpensive, high quality, expandable backpacks are making such a choice a lot more reasonable. HERE I look at two … Continue reading A 60 Liter Backpack for the Camino???
I finally had to admit that my Camino backpack - the excellent Osprey Exos 38 - was not the correct size. HERE I explain how to avoid this happening to you!
So here's my Camino gear laid out in all its glory. What a lot of stuff! Do I really need all this junk? Will it even fit in my pack? Yes, I agree - it looks like a lot - and while I am not a minimalist, this seems excessive. Let's start from square one … Continue reading First Packing Test
The backpack I am bringing with me on my Camino is the Osprey Exos 38 - a very popular model on the Way for several good reasons. it is lightweight (it weighs less than my 24L day pack!) and the perfect size for what I'll be taking with me. In this video, I review the … Continue reading Osprey Exos 38 Review