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canon rebel t5i

Required Gear: A Big DSLR Camera?

I’ve taken some sweet photos over the last several years. A great shot starts with recognizing the subject and putting yourself in the right position to capture it. Framing the shot is key, too, and while I’m f...
best backpacking spoon

Best Backpacking Spoon: Optimus Titanium Long Spoon

An eating utensil seems like a simple thing -- until you don't have one. Remember getting a pudding in your packed lunch when you were a kid . . . but then realized you didn't have a spoon? Sure, you scooped th...

How to Choose the Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag

Choosing a backpacking sleeping bag in 2016 can be a nerve-wracking experience -- but it doesn't have to be. You can obsess over the size and shape of your bag, obsess over the material or cost, or you can unde...
Hennessy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock in Action

Friday evening had finally arrived and my good friend Eric and I where taking two of our boys each -- so four kids -- camping on Reed Island in the Columbia River.  To get to the island, we were boating out in ...
idaho cutthroat trout

Fly Fishing with a Tenkara Rod

Fish on! My fingers immediately jump to the task of mending line, reaching for the reel to gather up the slack as I pull up on the rod tip . . . and they grab nothing but air. This is the stuff of a fisherman’s...