Category: Appalachian Trail

TIBS Makes New Friends

In the six or seven months since we got off the trail and move in to, okay mooched off, Charlene’s Mom and Dad’s place down the shore in Jersey Charlene has been trying to get the mated pair of swans who live on the…

I’ve Dumped the ZPack Arc Haul for Osprey Aether Pro 70

Last year I decided against the advice of Post Card, a member of the REI Marlton, NJ staff, author and two time AT thru-hiker, to jump into the ultra-lightweight backpack crowd.  I just had to have the ZPacks Arc Haul 62.   First the Good……

We Test The CNOC Water Bladder

One of the items you MUST have when hiking any distance is a water collection/filtration device.  On our AT hike last year we looked at various systems like MSR, Katadyn, Sawyer, and Platypus.  On the internet there are hundreds of opinions, and we all…

Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer and Adidas Terrex Climaheat Agravic Jacket Reviews

TIBS and I (Capt Obvious) wanted to share our reviews of the lightweight down jackets we carried in 2018 and will most likely be carrying on our 2019 continuation of the Appalachian (AT) Trail (Make sure you check out the video at the bottom). …

An Old Dog on the Trail – Where your brain says you are 25 and your body says “Are you kidding, your 80!”

An Old Dog on the Trail – Where your brain says you are 25 and your body says “Are you kidding, your 80!” In 2017, my daughter told me she and her husband were going to Katahdin, Maine.  I had nothing “doing,” yeah, why not? …

Review of Bass River State Forest “Yellow Trail” as TIBS takes another test hike.

Bass River State Forest/Lake Absegami Yellow “Poppy Allen” Trail Pros: flat Carpeted in leaves Wildlife Quiet in fall/winter Free parking off season Cons: can be very wet in places Mosquitos and Ticks in spring/summer Weekends are packed with people in summer People not policing…

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Apex Jacket Review

Pros: Lightweight Packable Comfort Customizable Price Cons: Hard to put on in wet Doesn’t store in own pocket Concerns about durability Elastic at waist Not reversible In 2018 I was just days away from leaving for the AT and I did not have a…

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