Thanks to a combination of the holiday vortex, family visiting from abroad, house hunting, and a variety of other reasons, I've been out of commission for the last month. But I'm back! And, I've got piles of gear to review for 2011! In the meantime, I thought I'd post a quick update to catch up.
After months of searching, I've finally settled on a waterproof, ruggedized camera for backpacking and fly fishing. I chose an Olympus Stylus Tough which I've already used in temps down to -9 F and have knocked around a bit. The picture quality is great and it takes decent macro pictures (which I need for my Backpack Fly Fishing website. I like the fact that I don't have to worry about dust or water getting into it. Here's a quick video that shows off some of it's machismo:
As some of you may know, I'm working on a DIY pulk this winter. I had a hard time tracking down a Paris Expedition sled and tried (unsuccessfully) to organize a group purchase. I'm happy to report that
I finally got one and for those of you interested, they are available again at REI.
I found a new gear site that aggregates gear that is at least 50% off retail. Check them out at Outdoorgearsale.org.
I've been invited to give a presentation at the American Long Distance Hiking Association West in September and am really excited. Hopefully, I'll see some of you there!
That's all for now. But now that I'm back on track, stay tuned for new videos and gear reviews on things like electronically heated boots, crampons, fire steels, survival kits, base layers, and much, much more!