Sawyer Mini Water Filter

The hardest thing about the Sawyer mini water to accept is the effectiveness of such a small filter. For years I used the Katadyn Hiker Pro for all my trips, but the drive to lighten my pack inspired me to find new methods for water filtration. That is when I was introduced to the Sawyer mini water filter built into a gravity system.

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My first experience with the Jetboil products was in Isle Royale National Park. A group of hikers, that  my wife and I met on the trail had the Zipboil by Jetboil. After watching the Zipboil in action, I was sold and had to purchase one.

Jetboil offers several different models made with different metals and sizes.  The model I found most effective for my needs was the Jetboil Flash. The Flash comes with a pot with a “max fill” line at 16 ounces, but with a maximum capacity of 32 ounces.  I’m a huge morning coffee person, so having the extra capacity for hot water allows me to make more coffee while packing up camp.

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SallyeAnder Soaps – “No-Bite-Me” review

Recently, my wife purchased the SallyeAnder Soap “No Bite Me” for hiking and camping in the backcountry. I am always very cautious when using a soap that will be in contact with water in the backcountry. After a little research, I found that this bar of soap is made from natural ingredients and claims to be river and stream safe.

The reason for switching to this soap is for the wonderful scent. But in addition to the scent, it helps keep you bug free.  On the packaging it claims that it provides up to 4 hours of bug protection.  The last time I used the soap it varied between 2-6 hours of protection, but the environment conditions could have played a large part in keeping the bugs away.

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When I first heard about the BioLite CampStove, I thought this was going to be my one and only stove for all of my trips. I quickly learned there were several downfalls with this wonderful stove that would limit its trips.

The key feature of the BioLite CampStove is the ability to produce electricity by using thermoelectric technology. The power generated by burning fuel is used for a fan that pushes air through the fire, increasing the heat and efficiency. Any remaining power is used to recharge the internal battery and any attached USB devices.


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