REVIEW - Zpacks Arc Haul Backpack

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


Zpacks was created out of necessity by its founder Joe Valesko. Prior to his 2004 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he couldn't find any backpacks that met his needs so he made his own!

The company has grown from those humble beginnings to become a well-respected creator and seller of ultra-light camping gear. 

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Sawyer Squeeze Review- the little filter that could
Sawyer Squeeze - the little filter that could

REVIEW - Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


Product - Water Filtration System
Manufacturer - Sawyer
Model - Micro Squeeze
Included: Micro Squeeze Filter with Push/Pull Cap, 1 x 32 oz / 1L Collapsible Pouches, Backwashing Plunger, Cleaning Coupling, Spare Gasket, Drinking Straw


There are very few things more important to the fragile human body than water. Heck, we are 60% water, and one can only survive 3 days without this liquid nectar of life. So your drinking water better is clean, safe and plentiful.

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Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland inspired me to "do it now"

Paddling North

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


  • Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage 
  • by Audrey Sutherland
  • Illustrated by Yoshiko Yamamoto
  • Patagonia Works | 2018 | Softcover

This book inspired me, or more accurately, Audrey Sutherland did!

Reading the book stirred up my emotions. I felt like I was on the adventure with Audrey. 

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Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite - The Tent That Killed the Tarp

Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


The tarp is dead. The Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite killed it!

Last year I reported that the new line of ultra light tents from Sierra Design threatened “the tarp” used by thru hikers and ultralight backpackers as a tent alternative. The 2014 SD tents were a similar weight to comparable tarps, yet protected you from all the elements.. including bugs, mice, wind and they were easier to pitch and they also included a protective tent floor.

The 2015 line of tents, and in particular the “elite” line… don’t just compete with the tarp, they totally kick butt!

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Slow Is Fast

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


  • "Slow is Fast" 
  • by Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman & Kellen Keene
  • PATAGONIA BOOK | 2013 | Softcover & DVD

“Slow Is Fast” chronicles what Dan Malloy has called "a mini-adventure in our own backyard." In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene jumped on a train headed north – along with bicycles, a surfboard, wetsuits, flippers, a microphone and some cameras. The idea was to travel down the coast by bike, stopping to surf; and staying with friends, family and acquaintances.They would set up camp when needed  and doi their best to earn their keep, while learning from folks who do good work and get by along the California coast. 

The result is “Slow is Fast”. A multi-media journal of the 58 day journey.

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Prepare For Anything Survival Manual

by Bruce “Dudley” Watts


  • "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills" 
  • by Tim MacWelsch
  • WELDON OWEN | 2014 | Softcover

I’m not a survivalist… I think of myself as a camper.

My general positive attitude leaves me oblivious to potential global disasters that will leave the world in such a state that every man, women and child will be “just surviving”. 

I’m comfortable living in my beautiful world looking at everything  through my rose coloured glasses.  Life is good!

So why did I read Tim MacWelch’s “Prepare For Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills”?

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Our reviews are short and sweet. Partly because we only write about sweet stuff. Here is the thing... we will test any gear that tickles our fancy, or read any book that interests us...  if we LIKE it, we will write about it publicly... yet if we DON'T,  then we report back to the supplier privately. Bottom line... if it's on our website, it's because we like it!