Author Archive: Chris Maxcer
Outside is better than in; hiking is better than walking; fast is better than slow. I like tight lines, trails on foot, trails on wheels, competition, challenges, women who aren’t prissy, and getting up after you fall down. I respect men who do things and scratch my head at men who don’t. Oh, and playing basketball is better than watching it. To get a hold of me, take a "firstnamelastname" guess at WickedCoolBite.com.
One of the toughest life lessons isn’t so much learning the lesson, it’s living it. Case in point? Learning how to recharge. It seems like I forget this lesson time and time again. I just now stumbled upon a photo a buddy took of me fly fishing in the Seven Devils one summer, and I […]
Picking the best backpacking tent seems easy — right up until you struggle to set up your tent in middle of a rainstorm on the side of a mountain. The decisions you make now will affect you later. If you’re like many new backpackers, if you buy the wrong tent, you’ll have to suffer through […]
The basic idea of a smarthwatch isn’t so bad, but today’s implementations leave something to be desired. For starters, none of them seem worthy of shelling out hundreds of dollars just so you don’t have to pull your smartphone out of your pocket to see a message. There have been some good starts, but groundbreaking? […]
I can’t remember the last backpacking trip I made without my iPhone, and while I sometimes carry an extra charging battery, I usually just keep my iPhone use to a minimum. For longer trips or heavy smartphone users, look to The PowerPot X, a cool portable generator that turns heat into electricity, available now via […]
Every man I know wants more flashlights, and at the very least, can appreciate a good flashlight. Flashlights aren’t exactly the most imaginative gift, but frankly, you just can’t go wrong. A man can always stow an extra flashlight in the pickup, the boat, in the toolbox, garage, or under the bed. Always. Besides, flashlights […]
Backpackers need high quality, reliable equipment in light weight and small packages. When you’re 30 miles or more off the road in the backcountry, the little choices start to matter. Here’s some core, reliable backpacking gear that any backpacker will appreciate. 1. Headlamp Backpackers need headlamps instead of flashlights: First, ever tried to cook on […]