Backpacking and Hammock Camping in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Had a combo Truck camping, backpacking, and hammock camping adventure this past weekend in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. On Friday evening, we truck and tent camped on Rock Bridge Road and then on Saturday met up with a group to take the Wildcat Trail to the Swift Camp Creek trail for some excellent sites right next to the creek. The rain was in the forecast at 80% at one point but we were lucky that only a few scattered storms passed over us. After a great night sleep in my new Raven Hammock by Dream Hammock, we hiked back up to the cars and had some much-deserved pizza and Ale8 at Miguel’s. Which is something you should never skip if you ever go to Red River Gorge. 

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Truck Camping: Truck Camper Bed Buildout

n this video, I show the process of modifying a twin bed frame I purchased on Amazon to be able to fit my truck bed. I had to do this because I didn’t measure my truck bed first. Live and learn. Anyway if you want to avoid this make sure you always measure first. We got it modified and it works great. We still would have had to do a little welding even if I had done things right because we had to move one of the center supports to accommodate the wheel well. Here is the link to the bed frame if you are interested although I would recommend getting a regular twin instead of a twin XL as it will fit better. Amazon link:

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Truck Camping: Garden of the Gods Illinois

This past weekend I was dying to give my truck camp setup another shot so I drove four hours from Indianapolis to Herod Illinois to the Garden of the Gods Wilderness. I stayed in the Pharoh campground and I was the only one there!! It was pretty awesome. The cost is only $10 a night and it is first come, first served. There are only 12 camping spots but each one of them has a decent view. There are vault toilets that are open during this time of the year. And there are a ton of trails in the area. I really enjoyed my set up and hope to get out again after some adjustments. Next time I visit the area, I plan to do some of the trails in Shawnee National Forest.

You can watch my video of the adventure here: Garden of the Gods

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Truck Camping: First Overnighter in my Toyota Tundra

I am embarking on a new kind of camping for me: Truck Camping. In this video, I am basically doing a shakedown camp to test out the theories of staying warm, preparing food, and just getting used to the idea of camping in my truck. This is a short video and more will be coming in the future: 

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Solo Hammock Camp Overnighter at the Red River Gorge

This past black Friday, I decided to get out of town and let the consumerism zombies have at each other. My destination was the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. It is one of my favorite places to camp, backpack, and hike. I set out to find Hanson’s Point which is an overlook off an unofficial trail. 

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Snow Lizard SLXtreme 7 iPhone Case

I have had my eye on this product for a while now. It is an iPhone case that is made very well and will hold up to the most rugged adventures. To boot, it also has an attached solar panel which trickle charges the integrated battery AND it is waterproof. You could not ask for anything better in my opinion. In this video, I go over some of the features of the case and why I finally got one.

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DIY Low Cost Gravity Water Filter for Backpacking and Hiking

I normally use a Saywer Squeeze system to filter my water when I am out hiking and backpacking. If you have ever used one, you know that filling the bag that comes with it is next to impossible. I know most folks use a cut off bottle to do it. But then when you do finally get it filled you have to awkwardly fill your clean bottle in the weirdest of positions. I wanted something easy to fill that I could just let gravity do the work so that is why I did some research on YouTube and found a system I liked. In this video, I show you how to make one for yourself using a filter and bag you can get on Amazon. The filter is called a hyrdoblu and I tested it fully this weekend and it works great. The flow rate is acceptable and filling up the bag is very easy no matter what kind of water source you are using. The best part of it is that the filter is relatively cheap on amazon. You can find it here: You could also use a dry bag of whatever size you like, for instance in the video I am using a 2L dry bag, but you could use a larger one for group camping. Here is an example of one that comes in many sizes:

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