Author Archives: Kaleb Ross

Backpacking 101 Book Review

It would be impossible to cover absolutely everything there is to know about backpacking in a single book.  Perhaps that’s what many of us love about it – the duality of the activity. Backpacking is enjoyable and rewarding because of both its simplicity and complexity. In spite of all of this, I found Backpacking 101 to be great for the the individual who is just considering backpacking as well as for the seasoned backcountry hiker who is eager to learn more. Click here to read my full review. 

Kaleb R.

Update – Oboz Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

A soggy hike in the Crest Low BDry shoes.

I’ve had the Crest Low BDry shoes for about a month now. They’ve been through about 50 miles so far and have been tested in soggy, wet conditions and even some technical terrain. See the rest of my update here.

Alpine Aire Snacks, Dips, and Smoothies – Initial Review

Various snacks, smoothie, and dips.

Few things can change how a trip in the backcountry is remembered more than food. Insufficient quantity or poor quality can dull the thrill of bagging a summit or ruin the satisfaction of a hard earned day on the trail.

Over the next month, I will be testing out some backcountry food products from Alpine Aire.

Click here to see my initial review on a variety of snacks, dips, and smoothie from Alpine Aire.

Kaleb R

Oboz Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

Crest Low BDry Hiking Shoe

The Oboz Crest Low Shoe is a waterproof, low-top hiking shoe. Designed for long miles on the trail, the shoe could be described as hybrid between a hiking boot and trail running shoe. Click here to see my initial review of the Crest Low Shoe.

Kaleb R.

Outside-Inside Freestyle Dome Cornhole and Ladderball

Spring is finally here and daylight savings time means more time outside. The Outside-Inside Freestyle Dome Ladderball and Cornhole game is a lightweight, and packable game that combines two classic outdoor games: Cornhole and Ladderball.

The game is designed to be portable and lightweight so that you can take it along on all kinds of trips and activities.

Read more here.

Owner Review: REI Revelcloud Jacket

Revelcloud on

REI Revelcloud Jacket

I have held out on purchasing any kind of down or insulated jacket. To be honest, I can be pretty rough on my clothing (ask my wife) and an expensive down jacket with hair-thin walls doesn’t exactly bring durability or longevity to mind. Also, South Carolina weather doesn’t really scream puffy-down-jacket either. However, in anticipation of some upcoming winter backpacking trips, I did my research and landed on what I think was the perfect choice considering all of my misgivings. Click here to read my owner review of the REI Revelcloud Jacket.