Every year, my buddy Steve Sherron and I do a camping trip. Well last year, 2017, we were not able to do a trip because he got hurt on his kayak. This year we were finally able to meet up and he brought his adventure van over to meet me at the Red River Gorge for some serious 2 days of excellent camping and exploration. While we were there we explored Chimney Top Rock and Princess Arch. Due to Steve’s injury, we could only do some light sightseeing this year. Hopefully, his knee will continue to heal and we can do more hiking next year. On our second night, we traveled further north in the Daniel Boone National Forest to the Twin Knobs Campground. We had a great campsite right by the lake and enjoyed some ribeye steaks cooked on the Solo Stove Bonfire. They turned out great!!
Still making changes to my Toyota Tundra Truck Camping System. On my last trip, I had a little difficulty with the bed being too high so I called up my friend Scott to help me shorten the legs on the frame. After we finished, It was much more manageable getting in and out of the bed and I had a lot more headroom. Modifying the bed frame in this way has really improved the comfort level. We basically just cut three inches of each of the support legs and re-used the plastic caps on the ends. This was a simple modification but made a world of difference. My next step will be to buy properly sized tubs to fit under the bed for storage. I will also be making some more modifications to the top of the truck cap as I will be installing a roof rack and basket, and finally an ARB 8X8 awning All of these preparations are for a road trip out west this summer in which I will be camping each night and not spending any money on a hotel. I plan on visiting Colorado and Utah and seeing some amazing sites along the way
This past weekend I was invited to an Ohio Backpacking YouTube Meetup. There were about 8 or 9 channels represented and some other folks joining us who did not have channels. We camped at site 3 at Mohican State Park near Loudonville Ohio. I have to say camping with these guys was a lot of fun. We did a day hike, a small skit to razz one of our fellow YouTubers, and had lots of gear talk around a campfire. It was so nice meeting up with channels I have watched and to really get to know the person behind the camera.
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.
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 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.
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