Keep your favorite backpacker’s camp kitchen stocked with all the coolest light weight gadgets and gizmos. These are a few products that I have used on my many travels.
1. Guyot Designs Squishy Bowl & Cup Set
Made of flexible food grade silicone (temperature resistant to 400 degrees F), innovative Guyot Designs Squishy Bowls retain their shape even after being folded and compressed for efficient packing. This 2-Piece set includes a 16 oz bowl and a smaller bowl (6 oz) that can also serve as a cup. The 2 bowls nest inside each other and clean up easy with soap and water. The full weight of the Squishy Bowls set is a mere 5 ounces! The Squishy Bowl set comes in various colors. Check out this fantastic review. To see what colors are available they can be purchased here.
Do you have a backpacker or hiker in your family and struggle for ideas on what to get them? Here are 10 food suggestions for their holiday gifts.
1. Epic Bars
Epic bars are free range meat bars. The best way to describe them is they are just like a Clif Bar but all meat. They are not jerky but instead a moist tasty meal in a bar. They have three epic flavors. Bison Bacon Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, and Turkey Almond Cranberry. To learn more about Epic Bars and where to buy them check out their website.
2. Scratch Labs Hydration Mixes
A fantastic drink mix that will not only hydrate you but also give you some flavor if your tired of drinking plain ole water. Skratch Labs uses all natural ingredients: cane sugar, dextrose, sodium citrate, real fruit, citric acid, magnesium citrate, calcium citrate, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). There are several different variations based on activity. They have awesome flavors such as Orange, Lemon Lime, Tropical and a new Hot Apple Cinnamon Mix.
Check out my review here and visit the website for purchasing info. (more…)
An email and a letter confirmed that the first #omnigames will be held in Park City, Utah. The #omniten members from the first three seasons will all fly in to Salt Lake City on the 6th or 7th of January and we will leave to go home on the 11th of January. Season four the newest group will be doing their own thing but also be able to join in on the #omnigames also? That is what we have heard anyway from the season four members. Nothing has been confirmed by Columbia yet. We have been told to bring our winter gear and that more will be provided to keep us in hue he spirit of #tryingstuff. Lots of conversations are going on between the #omniten members as to what will be going on. We are all in agreement that we know nothing and that the suspense is not only killing us but also making things exciting. There are also reports from some of the seasons that their travel plans have been set up already.
As we wait for more information we are all training in our own ways to prepare for a series of games that we have no idea what they are or what will be involved.
More to come.
I woke up early with great excitement to go hiking. Not only was this my first hike in Arizona it was my first hike with fellow #Omniten-ers Dave of WildernessDave.com and Heidi of bananabuzzbomb.com. I have known both of these fine folks for awhile through social media, I had met Dave on our #omniten Rogue River trip, but this was my first time meeting Heidi. This was my first hike with them and from the Twitter chatter it was going to fun.
We all started watching the weather earlier in the week and decided that we would not let the rain stop us. Arizona ended up having record rainfall that started on Thursday and we were hiking that following Saturday. It continued to rain with very strong winds as I drove out to our meeting spot.
I pulled in to the First Water road turn off and Dave and Heidi pulled in very shortly after. As Dave and I were discussing whether or not to take both vehicles all the way back to the trail head my Jeep decided to play a nice little prank on me. I am not sure if the wind blew the door shut or if I shut it but either way my Jeep proceeded to lock the doors with the keys in the ignition and running.
Photo Credit Hedi – bananabuzzbomb.com
As Dave and I were discussing which window would be cheaper to replace if knocked out a ranger drives past. We wave him over and ask if he has anything to help unlock the Jeep. He had lent out some of his tools not to long prior and they never returned. He did however have two wedges. Using the wedges and some creative thinking on Dave’s part we managed to get the door unlocked. This whole ordeal only set up back about 20 minutes.
Back on the road we headed down to the trail head and got our stuff together and headed off into the rain. The first bit of the trail was flat which was a nice starter section to allow us to chat and to find our pace. The mountains were glowing green a green I had never seen before. We hiked a little further and came across our first obstacle. A quick moving but shallow runoff stream. We all crossed without any problems. My Columbia Master of Faster Shoes kept my feet nice and dry.
The rain had let up and the wind died down creating perfect hiking weather. We managed to get in a few more miles before we hit Boulder Creek. As we got closer to Boulder creek we noticed in the distance a series of waterfalls. We were hoping to get over there and check them out. As we came round a bend we found that Boulder Creek was not a creek but instead a raging creek.
The swollen Boulder Creek
We found a shallow place to cross however it was still almost knee deep in places. There was no avoiding getting your feet wet so we all just stepped in and safely crossed. The water was chilly and moving quickly. Heidi and I both said that we had gotten a little bit disorientated by the quick moving water and the light colored rocks in places. Once across we duped out our shoes and headed up the mountain to check out the awesome water falls. We found a nice little place to stop to have lunch and Dave says “Anyone care for a hot beverage?” as he pulls out his JetBoil.
Hot Beverages provided by “Adventure Dave” of the “Adventure Dave Experience”
Always time for a product plug.
Out view from our lunch spot.
We enjoyed a fantastic snack of Epic Bars, Backpacker Pucks, Coffee, Cider and other goodies. Dave goes scrambling up the mountain to take a closer look at he waterfalls. Heidi and I decided to pass on this little adventure. A few minutes later he yells saying that we have to come up and join him. Heidi and I both were a little leery about climbing up, but we were very happy we did in the end.
Looking back at our lunch spot and Boulder Creek
ts always a good time for gear testing #tryingstuff!!
A close view of the waterfall.
We scrambled back down picked up our gear and headed back towards Boulder Creek. The water levels had gone down some but the water was still moving quickly. We crossed the creek again without any issues. Overall it was a fantastic day with great people.
In order for you to have happy trails you gotta get out and hike.
Several weeks back the #omnicollective was sent a very vague email that simply stated that we need to keep the days of January seven through eleven open for an adventure. The use of the tag #omnigames was used several times and there was also mention of needing an up to date passport.
The #omnicollecive has our ideas but in all honesty we have no idea what’s going on. The excitement is almost to much to bear.
There was a hint to something being sent out but that was almost a week ago. What I can tell you is that all 30 #omniteners have been invited to the #omnigames. Hopefully whatever has been sent out will provide us with some information.
Like always more to come and happy trails.
While working at Backwoods in overland park I met a gentleman named Matt who was introduced to me as the Backpacker Puck guy. I had no idea what they were talking about at first but every now and again he would stop in give us samples of his line of meal bars.
He describes them as a mixture of 9 to 12 ingredients both wet and dry. They will always have a nut chopped or in butter form and a fruit. There are several savory flavors that include: Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Banana, Pumpkin Spice, and his latest flavor Apples and Cinnamon. He is always working on new flavors and mixtures. He has stated he is looking into some type of a Pistachio Puck.
The pucks are incredibly filling and dense but moist enough that they fall apart. Each puck has incredible flavoring. The thing that sets them apart is that unlike many of the other bars is that they are low in sugar and sodium. They pack a high calorie punch as well. Averaging around 450 calories per bar. They also pack a whopping 27% of your daily fiber. All of which are fantastic for adventures of any kind.
Make sure you take a look at the packaging because he has some fantastic instructions on each puck.
“Recommended for people who want to rock out hardcore!!”
“Recommended for people who want to defeat fear!!!! Enjoy the Power”
I am very excited to get out on the trail and give these pucks a true workout. If you would like to know more information about the Backpackers Pucks or to order them check out the Backpacker Pucks Facebook page. Matt is currently working on a website in which you can order directly from the site. At present he is taking orders directly through messages and emails via the Facebook page.
Many of you have been following along as I drove from Kansas to Arizona last week. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how it all went and to be honest why I moved.
I will not go into all of details but lets just say some things in life changed and new opportunities presented themselves while other doors were closed. Some good friends of mine sent me a message saying that their roommate at that time was moving out and that they had need of a new roommate. With what all was going in my life at that time a fresh start was needed and they just so happened to live close to the mountains. After some time spent pondering it over, I decided that if I passed up this opportunity I would kick myself in the future.
I spent the next month consolidating all my stuff down to what was needed. What was needed would go into the jeep to be moved to Arizona. The rest went into storage. A date to move out was selected, two week notices were given. One of the nice things is one of my jobs is allowing me to work remotely which makes the move much more of a possibility having an income right away. Also having a place to live lined up also closed the deal.
I loaded up the Jeep with as much stuff as I could and headed west. The drive went very well however 20 hours of driving into the sun across vast expanses of dusty isolated road would drive anyone crazy. I have no idea how people did it in covered wagons.
Two days later I made it to Arizona. I have not been exploring yet but I can guarantee that it will be happening soon. Lots of new areas to explore and lots of new adventures in life to experience.
Happy trails whether they be paved or dirt. Also remember to keep #tryingstuff
I have been trying to find the right words to describe the entire Columbia #omniten Rogue whitewater rafting trip and some times the words of just one person can not do such an epic adventure justice. I present to you the #omniten Rogue Adventure wrap up. Shot and Edited by Mark Going. Mark is the Columbia Sportswear staff photographer. An incredible Photographer at that and awesome person. Check out the video below.
Cheers to you #omniten family and Columbia staff who put the entire trip together see you on our next adventure.