I have a confession: I like outdoor gear.  Packs, tents, stoves, sleeping bags, knives, flashlights, water filters, etc.  If you can use it hiking, backpacking, biking, and camping the odds are I either own it or have bought it and given it away.  People in our circle of friends know if they want to go hiking or backpacking they don’t have to buy anything other than footwear since they can borrow everything else from us.  The only thing I like more than outdoor gear is books.  But that’s another story (and maybe another webpage.)

Guy who likes buying outdoor gear f-minus

Suffice it to say I’ve wasted a lot of money buying things I didn’t need, didn’t work, or just weren’t worth the cost.  At some point having too much stuff actually got in the way of getting out and having fun.  Clutter can do that.  There are however some pieces of equipment and clothing I use year in and year out, things I would buy again in a heartbeat, at least if the items were still being made.

This page is devoted to my gear recommendations.  Everything listed here was purchased with my own money (unless it was a gift from a friend or family member), all links are for your convenience. (In fact, I don’t include links for many of the items mentioned since links change, and you can just google the product yourself.) I don’t receive any ‘click’ revenue, or even track that sort of thing, and the opinions are my own.  Some of the recommendations may seem trivial, but I’ve included them because they serve a purpose.

To be clear, you can’t buy adventure by buying gear.  Adventures require getting off the couch and heading out the door.  That said, certain equipment can make an adventure go a little more smoothly.  Feel free to send me your comments and opinions.

(This page will be updated periodically when there is a desire to add new content.)