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Gear Reviews

With my job, I'm exposed to gear on a constant basis.  Over the years, I have had the chance to field test a VAST range and variety of essential camping and outdoor gear.  This page will be dedicated to the what and why's of that gear specifically for Waterfall Hiking of varying difficulty.  This will also serve as a place to explain key differences in specific types of gear.  Take a few minutes and browse around, who knows, you might just learn something!  

I carry the below items on every trip, every time, no matter if it's a easy hike or a brutal all day bushwhack.  On longer, more technical, overnight, or cold weather trips, I will carry additional items.  As a general rule of thumb, if it's not extremely durable, I'm not interested.  Remember, if it's not already waterproof, it goes and stays in a dry bag!  (Especially electronics and fire starting materials).  I've learned that lesson the hard way!

What's in my pack

45+10 Liter Pack

Rain Pants

Rain Jacket

Water Filter

3L Hydration Reservoir 

Water Shoes

Camera Tripod

3 Cameras

Battery Recharger

10 Essentials

Waterproof Notebook & Pen

First Aid Kit

Trekking Poles

High Energy Food

GPS & Maps (multiple)

Satellite Communicator

Bluetooth Speaker

Headlamp, Flashlight, Lantern, extra batteries

Camp Towel


80ft of 8mm Climbing Rope

Wet Wipes

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