Sponsor Highlight: PurifiCup – Pure Drinking Water Anywhere


DSC_0441Welcome to another Sponsor highlight. Today I am highlighting PurifiCup®. The PurifiCup® filtration system allows you to purify water on the go in any situation.  PurifiCup® utilizes nano-silver technology to eliminate chemical and biological contaminants, along with 99.99 percent of over 600 types of bacteria, including E-Coli. The cup’s technology also removes heavy metals such as mercury, lead, copper and cadmium, while preserving beneficial minerals.

Each replaceable filter provides up to 100 cups of pure water from the tap or from water obtained from free-flowing freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. The firm offers three types of 10-ounce PurifiCup®, one for tap water, natural water, providing 100 to 330 cups of pure water, depending on the selected series.

The earth friendly travel water system fits easily in a backpack, carry-on, handbag or briefcase, and requires no additional hoses or attachments – just fill and it filters. It’s available in attractive colors –green, purple for Natural Water version and Orange for the Tap Water version. It’s an ideal solution for outdoor enthusiasts, world travelers, along with those who live and work in tenuous conditions such as reporters, missionaries and rescue workers. It’s an essential element of any well-stocked emergency or survival preparedness kit.

To learn more about the Purifi Cup filtration system check out their website at Purificup.com. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.  You can also read my review about the Purifi cup.

Whats inside my emergency Kit

photo(1)Do you carry an emergency kit when you go out backpacking? I carry my kit with me even on small day trips, but before I talk about what is in my emergency kit let me explain first what an emergency kit is. My emergency kit has a mixture of survival tools, first aid items, as well as repair items that this kit would only ever be opened if necessary.  I also carry a small first aid kit that I will be talking about in a later post.



Contents of my Emergency Kit.

  • Strike anywhere weather proof matches.
  • Seam Sealer
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Small Compass
  • nylon string
  • metal wire
  • fire starters
  • cotton swabs
  • mixed size fishing hooks and weights
  • large safety pins (2)
  • tweezers
  • Iodine Prep pad (2)
  • Antiseptic Hand Wipe (2)
  • Small packet of sunblock
  • Ibuprofen tablets (2)
  • Aspirin tablets (2)
  • Antibiotic Ointment (2)
  • Deet Free Insect Protection Cream.
  • Alcohol Prep Pad (2)
  • Lip Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Insect Sting Relief wipe
  • Burn Cream
  • Poison Ivy oak and sumac cleanser
  • Emergency Mirror
  • Medical Tape
  • LED micro light
  • Silica Gel packet
  • Small adhesive strip bandage (5)
  • Butterfly closure (3)
  • Large adhesive strip bandage (5)
  • Knuckle Bandage (2)
  • Mole skin adhesive square (2)
  • Gauze Pad (2)
  • bug netting
  • Small roll of duck tape
  • Sewing needle
  • bug net swatch / patch (2 different sizes of mesh)
  • Ripstop nylon repair patch (2)

Weight of Kit 5.5 0z

What is in your kit? Is there anything you have in your kit that I did not list?

Sponsor Highlight: Mointainsmith – Forged in the Rockies Forged for life


Welcome to another Sponsor highlight. Today I am highlighting Mountainsmith.  With equipment ranging from backpacks to trekking poles Motuntainsmith has it all. I have been very luck to get to  work with these fine folks. The products are great and the folks who work there are even better.  Here is a little bit about the company and its story.

Our commitment to innovation began in 1979 and continues to the present with a full line of active lifestyle products backed by four core tenets: value, durability, utility and sustainability. Our line offers high-quality products that are used both on and off the trail ranging from technical backpacks to travel storage systems to our iconic lumbar series. In 2007, we set out to decrease the waste of plastic bottles made from PET through the incorporation of recycled post-consumer materials into our products without sacrificing our high-quality standards, this fabric is known as ReForge™. In 2012, we are on a march to save 4 million water bottles from hitting the landfill and ReForge™ is used in over 35% of our product line. Forged in the Rockies, Forged for Life.

CS-B711The fine folks at Mountainsmith were kind enough to hook me up with a fantastic an El Diente 5 Degree Sleeping Bag.  I have used this bag several times in the past year. The  El Diente is warm lighte weight and compacts down quite small.

To learn more about the Mountainsmith company and their products you can visit their website.  You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.


Gear Review: Innate Mentor Organizer and Storage Sacs

The Innate Mentor Organizer and Storage sacs are a staple of my gear organization and packing. They are made out of a very light weight 30 denier fabric with double sided water proof treatments. What makes them special is the way the fabric is welded together. That is right I said welded. They use a system called Stitchless radio frequency that binds the layers and removes the need for seam tape like many of the competitors’ use.  One thing to note is that these are weather  proof but they are not intended to be submerged in water. Read More….

Gear Review: Stoic Merino Crew Short Sleeve Shirt

I was able to find the Stoic Merino Crew Short Sleeve shirt at departmentofgoods.com at a huge discount and decided to give it a test. I had not heard to much about the brand however the ratings on the Department of Goods website were quite high and many people seemed to like the shirts.

They are a very nice light weight 6 1/2 oz base layer t-shirt that is made out of merino wool. The wool allows for it to breathe and wick away sweat / moisture quickly. The antibacterial properties help keep odors down as well as.  The shirts retail between $55 – $60. Read More….

Gear Review – Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock trekking poles

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Today I want to take a look at the Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock trekking poles. So far these poles have just shy of 20 miles put on them and they have been fantastic. The hand grips are nice and comfy and allow you to change positions on the grips for going up or down. The locks are great for quick changes for terrain changes. One thing to note however is you have to keep a watch on the locks because they can become loose over time. There is a tightening screw on the back side of the locks but be careful not to over tighten them.

Comfy Grips

Speed locks closed and open


They do not have shocks in them so they have a slight wiggle when you use them but not enough to cause problems nor throw off your stride.  The Leki Corklite Aergon Speedlock trekking poles weigh in at 16.6 oz for the pair. The cost ranges from $80 to $120 on line and can be found at many outdoor retailers.

Disclaimer: I purchased these with my own money and the views expressed in this review are mine. The links are an affiliate link to amazon.


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