Camp-USA Eghen 35 Pack Review

Camp-USA Eghen 35 Pack Review

For whatever reason, I’ve always had an addiction to packs. Even though I recently sold a few that I hardly used, I still have over a dozen backpacks in all sizes and styles. That why when I was offered the opportunity to test out the CAMP-USA Eghen 35 pack, there was no way I could say no.

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What's in Your "Oh Shit Kit"?

What's in Your "Oh Shit Kit"?

In preparation for another season instructing in the Colorado Rockies, I've been sorting through my gear closets and passing along the equipment that I no longer use or need. When I came across my emergency kits, it occurred to me I don't remember everything I put into these many months ago when I made them. With that in mind I figured this was the perfect opportunity to talk about emergency preparedness. 

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Why Your Phone is More Useful Than a Map and Compass

Last week I came across an article from the Washington Post discussing the flaws of relying on the use of GPS to navigate and so proclaimed “lost art of map and compass skills”. While at first I found myself agreeing with the author, I quickly became lost by the argument that a GPS unit (or more likely, a smartphone GPS) isn’t as useful or powerful as a standard map and compass. While the main argument of the author was that more and more hikers are becoming lost due to failure to utilize the appropriate tools to navigate, I couldn’t help but returning to the argument of usefulness.

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