Category Archives: Gear Guide

The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market



Alright, time to spill the beans on the BEST GEAR from Outdoor Retailer this summer. NEMO addressed David’s concerns with the Hornet 2P. Helinox made a super lightweight cot! Awesome gear abounds, our gear nerd cup runneth over! Gear/Brands Mentioned this episode: Helinox (Lite Cot launches soon!) Rumpl Poncho – If you’re looking for a Rumpl … Continue reading The 8 COOLEST Pieces of Gear from the Summer Market


I Made it to DENVER



First episode with recordings from the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We chat with: Sierra Designs about their brand new Nitro Quilt WigWam about 113 years of sock experience NEMO about reinventing the closed-cell foam pad ENO about the revised Guardian bugnet We’ve got a lot more content coming from the Summer Market. … Continue reading I Made it to DENVER


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7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking



This week we’re talking about the best ways to beat the heat while hiking in the summer (hint: #1 is to hike somewhere it’s not hot). Resources: American Hiking Society’s Guide to Hot Weather Hiking Cody’s Guide to The 10 Essentials (check out that sun protection section) The 100% Official, Totally Cool Nature’s Call Patreon … Continue reading 7 Ways to Avoid Dying While Summer Hiking


How to choose a new backpacking tent

How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent



Liz and Danny are back. They’re leaving for their 7,000-mile, cross-country trek in a little over a month but before they leave, they’re advising you on your next backpacking tent (or your very first)! Join the Wild Marks Club on our Patreon today. The dynamics at play when choosing a new tent are: Weight Comfort/Durability Cost … Continue reading How to Choose a New Backpacking Tent


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Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?



Tesla believes their Model X can take me into the backcountry. I took one for a test drive and asked a lot of questions of their sales rep to decide if I think this is true. Resources from this episode: Tesla’s Model X (go check one out) Outside Magazine’s Tesla article Chacos – the most … Continue reading Can a Tesla Model X Replace My Jeep Wrangler?


The ULTIMATE Camp Food Taste Test



I contacted every company that makes camp food, freeze-dried or not. These are the kickass companies who supported our community by getting back in touch with me AND sent a ton of samples for us to test on this episode and upcoming episodes: OvaEasy (fear not the egg crystal, boys and girls) Omeals (free samples available … Continue reading The ULTIMATE Camp Food Taste Test


10-Year Globetrotting Couch-Surfer invents BivyPack



Kenny Flannery has been hitch-hiking, couch-surfing, and (stealthily) camping for the last 10 years. He doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. How to Travel the World on a Shoestring Kenny just started. He caught a ride from New York City to Wyoming on a family trip, then a friend bought him a train ticket and … Continue reading 10-Year Globetrotting Couch-Surfer invents BivyPack


Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin



Tested out a new backpacking tent from SlingFin on this episode. David and I give a thorough, whiskey-fueled review of SlingFin’s 2Lite Trek. Guys, seriously, SlingFin is making cool stuff and they have been awesome to the podcast. They lent me the 2Lite Trek I used in this episode. David and I loved this tent. … Continue reading Caprock and Palo Duro with SlingFin


Nature's Call 10 essentials backpacking guide

A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials



You’ve finally been bitten by the bug. Maybe you were listening to Nature’s Call or watching a slick documentary like Valley Uprising and now you’re ready to hit the trail. Before you get out to some bag some peaks, you need to make sure you’ve got “The Ten Essentials.” These are the pieces of gear, … Continue reading A Backpacking Beginners’ Guide to the 10 Essentials