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Granite Gear Crown VC 60 Review

I bought my Granite Gear Crown VC 60 last year because I wanted to lighten my base weight. This pack seemed to be a good option for easing into the world of ultra-light backpacking. I used it for four months last summer while working along the Appalachian Trail as a ridge runner, then...

Gokyo: a Nepal Trekking Destination

Gokyo is a small village in the Khumbu region (better known as the Everest region) of Nepal, sitting at 15,580 feet. The main attraction here are the turquoise lakes and variety of day hikes. I stayed here on two occasions. The first time was on my trek of the Three Passes, and I had a...

Trekking to Everest Base Camp Independently

During my time in Nepal I made it to Everest Base Camp twice. The first time was while I was doing my trek of the Three Passes. The second time was because I loved the Everest region so much that I wanted to go back and see everything I missed the first time. Everest Base Camp is perhaps...

10 Reasons to Hike in Nepal

I spent most of the winter of 2014/15 planning on doing a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. I upgraded to a lightweight down sleeping bag, I made a countdown to my start date calendar, and I downloaded the Halfmile app. I was looking forward to the hike, sure, but I wasn’t...

Budgeting for Trekking Nepal

Trekking internationally may sound like an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you get past the initial cost of the plane ticket, Nepal is a fairly cheap place to spend time. I spent 14 weeks total in Nepal, trekking for all but 3 of those weeks. The total cost of those 14...

Hiking Everest’s Three Pass Loop

When most people think of hiking in Nepal, they think of the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp. Both of those hikes are fantastic, but if you want something extra challenging and gorgeous try the Three Pass Loop in the Everest region. The three passes consist of Kongma La, Cho La...

How to Plan and Prepare for the Annapurna Circuit

I am currently in Nepal until December, mainly hiking. I spent the last 20 days hiking the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp (they connect). Before I get too far into preparation, let me explain why you should hike Nepal’s Annapurna region: There’s not much earthquake...

Hennessy Hammock Review

This past spring, I ordered a Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip. My job as a ridge runner in Connecticut and Massachusetts has me camping on the trail more nights that not. I previously used an ENO hammock, but I wanted to upgrade to a better backpacking setup. I have been using my...