journey with me
to the great outdoors.
I have had a long time relationship with hiking and backpacking and through this experience have developed a willingness to help others experience the wonder of God's creation with the most enjoyment possible.
There is nothing like the experience of traveling on two wheels under your own power down the roads and trails -- either fully loaded or as a day traveler. I have bicycled many long distance trails such, as the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive.
Ever since the day the first man was created from the dust of the land and the moisture from God's lips, man has been drawn back to the rivers, lakes, and oceans. We are dependent on water for life.
Because of growing up in a log cabin, I have learned to appreciate the daily gift of freedom -- to live the way I want to live.
Everyone wants to make the most comfortable hike possible with the least amount of effort. We all have different ideas on what can be considered comfortable. We need to remember that all suppliers want to sell the most gear at the best price they can. Do not forget that in order to keep the cost down the manufacturer must design gear for the average person. The lightest gear is not always the most comfortable or cheapest item in your pack. A person in good physical shape should be able to carry a thirty pound pack for long distances. Older people with some physical impairments may want to consider carrying a much lighter pack. I have advised many people in regards to the best equipment for them, but nearly all have considered what they thought was right for themselves. The main things to consider in selecting gear are: where are you going to hike, how often are you going to use the equipment, in what kind of weather is it going to be used, what terrain (elevation), how comfortable is it, how much does it cost, and lastly how much does it weight.