ALPS Mountaineering Koda 3 Tent Review

The Gear Guys planned a backpacking trip to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our goal was to hike 2.5 miles into a backcountry campsite that overlooks the Lake of the Clouds and bring our Adventure Dog,Bear, with us. As we looked through our tent inventory while knowing we…

Pre-season Adventure Prep Time!

We have written about cold weather adventures for several months now, but it time to switch gears as the warmer spring breezes are starting to blow. It is time to find all that gear that got piled and stashed in closets and corners, and make sure you can find everything that is on your packing…

Zippo Windproof Lighter

This review will cover our long-term use of the Zippo Windproof Lighter which we carry as our main source of flame for ignition of campfires and stoves, along with some utility use. We purchased the orange model due to use on the trail in case it gets dropped, the bright color should stand out among…

MSR Whisperlite International Review

We have had a chance to use the MSR Whisperlite International multi-fuel backpacking stove several times in a wide range of condtions with great results. Here are our findings: We purchased the stove for two main reasons. The first being the fuel bottle, which is sold separately, is removable from the stove and seals very…

Tuesday’s Tips

Protecting your climbing rope and maximizing it’s life span: According to Petzel the following precautions will help keep your trusty rope fit for duty and avoid early retirement. Use a Rope Bag:   When your rope is in contact with the ground, it will have contact with dirt and other debris which can get into…