I’ve spent nearly 20 years as a commercial riverguide and outdoor educator. Now I’m a momma passing on her love of whitewater and the backcountry to her little boy!
Astral GreenJacket PFD
Oh green jacket how I love you. I wore this pfd approx 6 years, at least three major swims including Hermit, and two major rescues/ boat unpinnings. This jacket is high float, easy on/off, and an essential piece of gear for professional river guides. There is ample room for movement and still full torso protection. The only reason I got another jacket is that I’m no longer doing much kayaking or Swift water rescue stuff and it’s just a bit of overkill for my class II class III day to day life.
Burley Solo Bike Trailer
We just bought this two months ago and we basically use it daily! We initially bought it just for biking but now also have the ski/ hiking attachments and stroller wheel. We just took it backpacking up park creek trail head it it performed very well. Cons on backpacking with it are it’s hard to manage on uneven terrain and it sucks to turn but assuming you are up for its limitations it is an awesome way to get your little out into the backcountry. We couldn’t be happier with our purchase. Our son adores just sitting in it even in the house.
Maravia Silverback Sleeping Pad
I can’t say enough great things about this product and company. I have had this pad over 10 years as a commercial guide on the Grand Canyon and other rivers and it is still so comfortable. The seems on this product are bombproof and I believe it was at least 5 years before they started to show any real wear. I have maintained it with 303 and a layer of Grand Canyon silt. This is one of the most worth it purchases for your overall comfort and well being on the river. Sleep like you’re still 21 even into your late 30s (and beyond).
Watershed Dry Bags
Watershed dry bags are hands down the best in the business. When you live out of your dry bag all season no matter what river you’re on you’ll be glad your gear is dry and safe.
Black Diamond Cosmo 225 Headlamp
Great head lamp, love the flood and spot options. Also has night red mode. A solid middle of the road option for car camping, backpacking, rafting. Probably not ideal for super dark situations like spelunking or late night mountaineering. Perfect for me and stays in place on my tiny head.
Osprey Poco AG 20L Kid Carrier
We use ours at least twice a week sometimes more. This was a great investment in our families ability to get outside. The back part comes off so you can choose to carry as much or little as you like. It’s very stable and fits both myself (xs torso) and my partner (L torso). The sun shade is perfect coverage for our toddler and a good neck brace when he falls asleep.
Jack's Plastic Welding Paco Pads
The original. Great pads and they come in a variety of sizes to suit your personal needs. One of my favorites is the “queen size” perfect for throwing on top of your gear stack to make the most comfortable bow bunny spot or for sharing a tent and not getting edged off your pad.
Chaco Z/1 Classic Sandal - Women's
I’ve been a die hard for these sandals since the late 90s. The are rugged and durable to last on your adventures but still cute enough to wear with everything in town. I like both the no toe strap and toe strap option. I typically but mine a size up to accommodate for wedging my feet under thwarts and hauling heavy coolers onto boats.
Teva Original Sandal - Women's
These are my favorite kicking around camp sandal. The foot bed doesn’t sit as close to your sole as Chaco so it lets your feet air out after a day on the water.
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent
We have the 4 person version of this amazing tent. It is light and roomy and honestly such a great investment for our family! We recently did a 4 day backpack with our toddler and it was easy to pack and carry in my backpack along with all my other gear. I think it’s worth the weight if you want a family backpacking tent!
MSR WhisperLite Stove
Easy, reliable, compatible with international fuel. Great backpacking stuff. Not super light and you’ll have to carry gas but this is what our best meals in the backcountry are made of.
Kokatat Guide Rescue PFD
100% my all time favorite PFD. I’m large chested and this vest just fits the best and feels so secure while still allowing enough room to move freely.