ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck

ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck

This past Saturday, CleverHiker was thrilled to attend the first ever ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The purpose of the event was to bring together a mix of veteran thru-hikers and aspiring long distance backpackers to swap stories and build community. It was a learning and networking opportunity for backpackers of all levels and CleverHiker was on hand to soak up the weekend’s events and share some tips and techniques. The program included a variety of long-distance backpacking presentationsequipment evaluations, a gear raffle of UL goodies, great food, and cheap handcrafted beers. By all accounts the event was a massive success.

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Caldera Cone System

Caldera Cone System

A little while ago I was able to connect with Rand Lindsly, from Trail Designs, to learn more about their popular Caldera Cone System. I had always thought of the Caldera Cone as an alcohol stove with a windscreen, but Rand was able to shed some light on the topic for me. He made some really great points and got me thinking about alcohol stoves in a way that I hadn't before. It's easy to tell that Rand and the Trail Designs team really understand the ins and outs of lightweight backpacking stoves. In his words "We pretty much eat, sleep, and drink this stuff every day, so we kinda got our heads around it." 

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Mount St. Helens Trip Report

Mount St. Helens Trip Report

This past weekend, my girlfriend Annie and I headed out for our first short backpacking trip of the season. I've been spending a lot of time in front of the computer preparing for the CleverHiker launch, so it felt incredible to take a short break from the screen and get out into nature. Every time I set foot on the trail I am reminded of why I love backpacking and why I want to dedicate myself to this project. Initial feedback about our video series and ebook has been incredibly positive and I hope to build off of that momentum. No matter what lies ahead for CleverHiker, it feels fantastic to be working on a project that I am proud of and working to support a community that I love. 

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CleverHiker Video Reviews

CleverHiker Video Reviews

Initial reports from our Lightweight & Ultralight Backpacking Foundations launch have been incredibly positive and enthusiastic. The emails that I'm receiving are a constant reminder that this project will help provide useful resources for backpackers of all levels.  Here's an example of a note that came in this morning. Getting emails like this absolutely makes my day!  

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