Articles by: Paul Osborn

Water Shoes for Summer – Keen and Wolverine

Water Shoes for Summer – Keen and Wolverine

Sometimes backpacking requires watershoes. Here are two options for your adventures in fording streams and sloshing through the wetlands along your trips.

by August 1, 2013 0 comments Gear
Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

One of the benefits of the Trail Crampon Pros over the Hillsound’s stretch Trail Crampons is the Anti-snow or anti-balling plates. You probably remember as a kid having your snowboots fill up with snow and making them no better than the slippery sled you were dragging uphill.

by September 13, 2012 0 comments Gear
Choro Trail – Bolivia Part 3

Choro Trail – Bolivia Part 3

Our last day of traversing the Choro trek in the Bolivian Andes dawned. Suddenly it didn´t feel like the third day. I had slept very well the previous night.

by July 31, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
Choro Trail – Bolivia Part 2

Choro Trail – Bolivia Part 2

Close to an hour later, with all our water gone, we stumbled onto a level spot where some very smart local lady had shrewdly decided to set up another tienda (store), selling that blessed Coca-Cola and other beverages.

by July 24, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
Choro Trail, Bolivia, Part 1

Choro Trail, Bolivia, Part 1

Within an hour we were in a large bus heading towards “La Cumbre”, the high mountain pass where the buses cross from the high-plateau La Paz on their way to the tropical “Los Yungas” foothills. The bus was cold and packed. There were even people sitting on the floor in the aisle. Sooner than I was ready for, the bus pulled over and I hauled myself and pack over and around bodies to the exit and into the fresh iciness of the mountain day.

by July 12, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Gear Review

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Gear Review

I took it on a survival trip for three days, and when I was in dense woods, it took me a bit of time to find a spot where the GPS would flash green. In the end, I was able to find an area with a bit of light and sent my OK message in the evening and morning to let family know all was going well.

by June 19, 2012 0 comments Gear
Sawyer 7/6/B Water Filter

Sawyer 7/6/B Water Filter

I know filtering is faster than chemical tablets and even boiling (taking into account cooling after the fact), but it also takes work. The last thing I want to do when taking a “break” on the trail is do more work. When it was my turn to pump I found that you couldn’t pump too quickly or the pump would slip and add to that the number of people who wanted water and your 15 minute break turns into 45 minutes! That was 10 years ago and now the options are pretty good and getting faster. There are even super compact filter units that will do a liter a minute. I still prefer the Sawyer 7/6/B water filter and here’s why.

by November 26, 2011 0 comments Gear
Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 – Review

Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 – Review

Every trip I go on, I take this base layer with me. It’s found a place amongst my essential backpacking gear and I suspect will soon be accompanied by more Icebreaker gear.

by May 24, 2011 0 comments Gear