Bivy Sleeping – Why I Enjoy It

RangerMade asked me to write about tent camping in the mountains. I have to confess right away that at this time I don’t even own a tent! I used to have one of the best tents on the planet, The North Face VE 25, but I had to sell it in Mendoza, right after an expedition on Aconcagua, since I was penniless and still had a full week ahead of me to spend on Argentinian soil.


On my return home, I got myself the cheapest tent at Walmart for a seashore stay with friends, but I’d only recommend that if you needed a disposable tent.

How to Choose, Use, and Maintain Your Backpack

How to Choose Use and Maintain Your BackpackIn order to go on trips of several days in various locations you need a suitable backpack. Modern backpacks (with inner frame)-compared to old-style ones (with external frame)-are ergonomically designed to be comfortable, efficient, and provide good balance for the carrier. These advantages bring added safety to those who go on mountain hikes, whether for a day or longer.

Modern backpacks have an inside frame, with one or more bars made of aluminum. Whether you are a hiker, skier or climber, this kind of reinforcement helps you maintain your balance more easily on rough terrain.

For overnight trips it’s enough to have a 30-40 liter backpack, but for a three-day tour you need a backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters. Some models can reach 100 liters. Beware, however, that as a rule the larger backpack, the more weight you carry. Consider your real needs carefully. Rucksack size choice is very important.

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This is a nice compact solar panel with AA battery pack with attachment to charge AAA, plug in a USB, or 12v. Comes with four AA batteries. I have been charging on this for little over a month I have charged a kindle, a tablet, cell phone, a portable fan and supplied batteries as well as other brands of NiMH. I really like it because it’s small and can go anywhere. For maximum charging it must be angled with the sun, I usually prop it up anyway because I hide the things I am charging behind it to keep them from heating up. It  will still charge from other angles but direct facing is the best.

The Arc’teryx USMC ILBE Gen 2 Backpack

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If you ever wanted to own a backpack that’s the same as the ones used by the Marine Corps, then this is it. This is the second generation USMC ILBE, produced my Arc’teryx, and comes with the detachable assault pack.

This pack is one of the best I have ever used and costs much less than others of similar construction. It includes: main rucksack, assault pack, hip belt, hydration system, radio pouch. The exterior Molle webbing is a big plus over comparable framed “civilian” packs which usually cost at least twice than this one costs. And price has dropped lately. These can be bought now in the range of $169-$199.

If you are doing a BOB (Bug out Bag), this is a great choice because of the size and how well the bag is made. The extra ammo pouch is excellent if you have to set up a base camp and need a day bag and not have to carry all of your stuff.