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ToughTested Solar Battery Pack – Update


Charging the ToughTested Solar charger while relaxing in camp.

I have used the ToughTested Solar Charger batter pack over the past several weeks on two multiday backpacking trips, dayhikes, and in urban settings, and it has performed as advertised.  I was able to keep my iPhone charged even after draining it by listening to music, taking pictures and making social media updates.  Read on for my full update.

Medoc Trail Races – October 15, 2016 Marathon

The Medoc Trail Races is a cool race series in North Carolina that I had the opportunity to participate in October 15th.  They offer three distances – a 5k, 10 miler, and a marathon.  I chose to run the marathon as a part of my goal to run all 50 states before I turn 50 in May of 2027.  Read on to see how my race went.

Medoc Marathon Course

Medoc Marathon Course

COROS LINX Smart Cycling Helmet

coros linx smart cycling helmet For better or for worse…technology seems to be ever more present in activities that used to be considered off limits.  Think GPS for backpacking, Cycle Computers for cycling.  And now, it has entered the realm of cycling helmets.  However, in this case I think it is a good thing.  It lets the cyclist listen to music and receive calls safely.  It can also let someone know if you have crashed.  To read my initial thoughts please click here.

Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Shorts – Final Update

I have found my new favorite pair of hiking and backpacking shorts.  I have used the shorts for over 100 miles of hiking and backpacking since receiving them in July including two multi-day backpacking trips.  They have proven to be comfortable, durable and an all around great pair of shorts.  Read on for my final impressions.


img_20161007_132039750_hdr deFUNKit may be the solution for fabric and gear odor control. If you have stinky clothes and gear read on.

Jenn K.

Primus Lite+ (Colors Options Available) Stove

img_20161011_221356 The Primus Lite+ (Colors Options Available) Stove is in the Primus gas/compact stove line up. This all-in-one gas stove is designed for three season and solo use. Initially when I opened the box I noticed that this stove was made of quality materials and would be the perfect size for my upcoming adventures. Read on…

By Jenn K.