My work and passions revolve around the outdoors. I constantly seek out new trails to hike, peaks to climb, projects to fall off of, and great lines that inspire and drive me to push myself further. Not only do I love being in the outdoors, but I work throughout the year to make sure that the next generation has the love and skills they need to pursue a life lived outside.
MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove
This stove has been my constant companion on trail for 5+ years. It’s lightweight, packable, and doesn’t requiring priming to start. I love that it has a simmer function to keep meals from burning and can boil water in 2 minutes. Depending on the size of the canaster, a large pot on top of this stove can be unstable at a full boil. It can also be affected by wind as there’s no way to use a windscreen with it. MSR easily makes the best canister stove on the market with the Pocket Rocket.
Big Agnes Tiger Wall Platinum Tent
A two door tent for under 2lbs, what more is there to say. It’s an ultralight tent, so the material is thin, I highly recommend buying the footprint to help protect it. It’s simple to set up, and doesn’t require too much staking out to be fully protected from the rain. The 2 person is a luxurious 1+ person, 2 people can fit if you really like the other person. I’ve had no condensation problems, then tent has great ventilation. I look forward to many trips with this tent.
Garmin inReach Mini Handheld GPS Satellite Communication
Garmin inReach is the go to GPS communicator, and the mini has the best features of their larger devices in a smaller size. With a built in SOS function, it provides peace of mind outside of cell service that someone is going to answer the call the moment you need it most. The 2 way communication is invaluable to giving trip updates and checking in with those at home, it also allows you to directly communicate with emergency services to give details about your situation. Tracking, messaging, weather updates, and waypoints can all be sent on the device itself, it’s only downside is that to use the GPS you’ll need to pair it with a phone. However, if you would carry your phone anyways, the smaller size is worth the slight inconvenience. I never leave home without it.
Osprey Tempest 40L Backpack
This pack is great for overnight trips or extended day hikes where you need more room for layers and gear. It’s a lighter pack, so it’s only comfortable to about 25-30lbs. It’s breathable and comfortable all day with a few of Ospreys great features like hip belt pockets, tilted water bottle holders for easy access, and outer compression straps to put gear on the outside. It’s incredibly versatile, I’ve used it sport climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering. The one problem I had was when I bought it the hip belt straps were too short to get a comfortable fit, fortunately a store employee was able to switch them out for longer ones.
Thermarest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
Great for side sleepers with almost 3 inches to keep your shoulders and hips comfy. This pad packs up smaller than a Nalgene and weighs next to nothing. Since it’s an inflatable pad, it can’t be put directly on the ground without a risk of getting a hole in it. Thermarest does include a field repair kit for accidents, which is a nice backup. Like most lightweight gear, treat it with care and it will last you years.
prAna Halle Pant - Women's
These are my go to hiking, climbing, work, and casual pants! The Stretch Zion material is durable enough to put up with sharp rock face and the wear of many miles on the trail, but they breath and stretch with you. The water resistant coating is a nice touch for misty days, but doesn’t replace rain pants for down pours; it does, however, keep the pants relatively stain free. These have become the only pants I own and wear because of how comfortable and durable they are.