Geigerrig Rig 1200 (camo) update

Getting a drink with the Rig 1200 on a mountainbike ride

Now that I have had the Geigerrig Rig 1200 a couple of months I have had several opportunities to use it doing various types of activities and it has performed great no matter what I was doing.  My favorite and most numerous uses have been while riding my bike.  I purposely skipped riding my recumbent during the past few months because I could not wear the Rig 1200 while riding it.  I also used it on a three day canoe trip and on several day hikes. To read the rest of the update along with the entire review please click here.

Coy Boy

How to Build a Kayak

I thought some of you might find this interesting.  Lincoln Canoe and Kayak (Freeport, Maine) shared this recently on their Facebook page, and gave permission for me to share it with all of you.  Enjoy the video, and check out their site when you get a chance!  Lincoln Canoe and Kayak

Building The Seguin: A timelapse movie of how your composite kayak is made from Thomas Neilson on Vimeo.

Fall is on the Way

We had our first frost last week in Maine.  Not a hard one – but enough to let us know summer is over.  I’m ok with that – just give me some sunny days, and the cold doesn’t bother me too much.  I enjoy  hiking even more when its cool and there is a nice breeze – much better than dealing with humidity and mosquitoes.   I’m hoping to get some more kayaking in before the weather really turns cold.

What do you enjoy doing outdoors in the fall?  Camping?   Hunting?  Hiking?  Sitting around the campfire?

If  you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll have noticed we include articles on different outdoor topics from time to time – besides our gear reviews.  If you’d like to write for us – please send me your email address (use the ‘contact us’ link in the side bar) and I’ll send you the info.

In the side bar, you’ll notice we have some advertisements.  These are not related to gear we are currently reviewing (unless you search for it).  The money earned when someone purchases through the link is used to help pay for web hosting.  There is no ‘profit’ (as in, the writers are not going backpacking through the Amazon with the money).  I am trying it out to see if it will at least pay for the website expenses, as opposed to taking it out of my families budget.  I like being able to offer discounts to our readers, and hope you find them helpful also.

Now on to more important matters… any ideas for different campfire meals for hungry campers?  I like to keep them ‘happy campers…’


Grand Canyoneering

Review by Rich Rudow

Grand Canyoneering Cover

Grand Canyoneering Cover, by Todd Martin

After four years of painstaking work, and occasionally some heart thumping adventure, Todd Martin’s encyclopedia of Grand Canyon drainages is finally finished. Grand Canyoneering is the first extensive guidebook covering technical canyoneering in Grand Canyon National Park. At 500 full color pages, highlighting 117 drainages from Waterholes Canyon upstream of Lee’s Ferry to Tincanebitts Canyon at river mile 264, there is an adventure for everyone.

Backpackers will enjoy 34 hikes through remote drainages that do not require ropes. Did you ever wonder about thru-hiking the LCR, or descending Phantom Creek, or finding incredible beauty in Surprise Canyon far out west? Technical canyoneers will marvel at the stunning microenvironments and challenges to be found in the only limestone slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau.

Back Cover

Back Cover

And river runners will be surprised at the slot canyon adventures within easy reach that they’ve floated past for years.

Of course, Grand Canyoneering has complete and accurate beta to assist in exploration of these places in Todd Martin’s proven writing style, and more than 100 pages are dedicated to technique, safety, and etiquette for environmental preservation, but in my opinion the book does something more profound. Loaded with 200 stunning full color photos of remote parts of Grand Canyon, including places never before seen by human eyes, Grand Canyoneering peels back one more layer of the onion that is Grand Canyon National Park, a place so vast and isolated that it’s difficult for humans to appreciate the scale. Even if you never intend to hike, raft, rappel, or gawk from the rim of the Grand Canyon,
Grand Canyoneering provides a never before published view of one the seven natural wonders of the World.

The book is now available from Todd Martin’s website for $29.95 here: reading an advanced copy, I’m still amazed at what Todd has accomplished.
Of course, I’m certainly biased from being on nearly all of the hikes in the book, but this is one of those rare books that will reside in my truck, ready for the next adventure.

Update – Geigerrig Rig 1600


Photo from Geigerrig website

I have had an opportunity to use the Geigerrig Rig 1600 several more times since my initial review and continue to be very impressed with its functionality, durability and comfort.   Read more…

Review by Ron J.

Geigerrig Rig 1600 was provided by Geigerrig for the purpose of this review

Platypus Origin 9 Hydration Pack final update

On the summit of Adams looking at Mt Rainier It has been a crazy summer so far, and I am finally getting around to posting the last update to this review. If you don’t want to read the entire thing I will save you the effort: It is a great pack and you are a fool if you don’t purchase one right away.

If you want to read my entire review (and I really think you should) you can find it here…



Dave (the turtle) Wilkes