Category Archives: New Gear

Personal Identification In The Backcountry? Dog Tags To The Rescue!

Mike and I don’t carry our wallets in the backcounty.  There are several reasons for this. 1.  I don’t like to risk potentially losing my wallet or any of the stuff inside of it.  Replacing a sleeping bag or a tent is easier (if not more expensive) than replacing credit cards, drivers licences, and all

Twist-Top Bottles For Backpacking With Liquids!

Taking liquids into the backcountry is a special challenge. Liquids lead to extra weight, and potential messes in your gear, and can be frustrating because even the smallest bottle of ketchup is rediculously over-sized for a weekend away. Don’t even get me started on liquids that are commonly packaged in glass bottles. Putting these condiments

New Gear: Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove

While it’s not technically *my* stove, in the strictest sense, while I was shopping at MEC today with Danny, he picked up the Soto OD-1R Micro Regulator Stove and said I could use it!  Hooray! The OD-1R won an Editor’s Choice Award from both Backpacker and Outdoor Magazine in 2010. Weighing in at just 2.6

New Gear: Marmot Limelight 3 Tent

Every year in April one of our favorite stores, Camper’s Village, runs an amazing tent and gear sale.  Mike and I had been planning and waiting for months, and when the announcement finally plunked into my e-mail, there were many delighted girlish squeals of glee (mostly from Mike). We’ve been debating the purchase of a second tent

New Gear: MEC Hybrid Sleeping Bags

One of our Christmas gifts was a pair of hybrid mummy sleeping bags from Mountain Equipment Co-op (thank you Bill & Ruth!) which are rated to -12°C. They should work perfectly under normal camping conditions. If we are preparing for colder weather, there are bag liners and overbags that will increase the temperature rating. These hybrid bags combine

New Gear: Evernew Titanium Cookware

This morning I decided to order the Evernew Titanium Non-Stick DX3 cooking set.  The set is made up of a titanium pot and frying pan, the pan doubling as a lid for the pot.  The non-stick coating is made from silicone and ceramic, not teflon, which is a feature I am really excited about. This