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.
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: http://amzn.to/2yKt33y 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: http://amzn.to/2xX9PZm
For my upcoming trip, I wanted to make sure I was able to prepare my own foods while van camping. I also wanted to make sure whatever I chose did not take up a lot of space in my van. In this video, I demonstrate the portable butane single burner stove I found on Amazon
In this video, we arrived at Estes Park Campground to stay for a few nights (cannot say enough good things about this campground by the way) and we explored RMNP, Trail Ridge Road, and Grand Lake. This was a few days of some pretty awesome adventuring
I was very anxious to get out this past weekend to test out my new Clark Jungle Hammock. As luck would have it, I got invited to go camping with a couple of my friends and so I was off to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness to test it out. Turned out we got some torrential rains and thunderstorms but I am happy to report that the hammock was comfy and dry and held up nicely.