Category Archives: Ultralight Backpacking

From Rescuer To Rescued (PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) in First Responders)

The subject of PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) in the emergency service field is something I’ve felt like I’ve needed to write about for a while now, but never knew what exactly to say. And to be honest, I’ve actually been … Continue reading

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Benton MacKaye Trail – Georgia Section (2/28/2018-3/4/2018)

The planning……. Here in the southeastern United States we are blessed with so many outstanding trails and trail systems. Some are just a few miles to a couple hundred miles long and others are a little over 1100 miles long. … Continue reading

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DiY Insulated Water Bottles (Winter Water Bottle Setup)

As an avid winter backpacker, I’ve delt with frozen water bottles way too many times to count. I’ve tried everything to prevent it. I’ve slept with the bottles in my sleeping bag, carried them in my jacket while hiking. Nothing … Continue reading

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2018 Winter Gear & Clothing List

I never hike in the Fall thru Spring without my Black Rock Down Beanie. What’s your “Winter” Gear List?……… I’ve been asked this question more than I can count. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t mind the questions. To be … Continue reading

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Florida Trail Ocala Section Hike (Dec 8-11, 2017)

Day 1: Fri. (Dec. 8, 2017) – ~19 miles to Stealth Camp Past Farles Lake My beardedself, Chad Poindexter of Stick’s Blog and his son Matthew, Craig Smith and Ben Smith of Goosefeet Gear road down in Craig’s vehicle together … Continue reading

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Foothills Trail Thru-Hike 2017

Last March I had the opportunity to thru hike the 76.2 mile Foothills Trail with my good friend Jeremy Puskas of Bonefine Gear. Its northern terminus is in Oconee State Park, SC and the southern terminus is located in Table … Continue reading

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Fastest GSMNP 900-Miler (Winter 2017)

  I never in my life imagined I would ever attempt something so bold and so challenging that I’d be pushing #mybeardedself to the edge, both physically and mentally. And to attempt to do this record breaking feat during the … Continue reading

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