Hiking & Camping Reviews

Summer Alps Chiller
Summer Alps Chiller

My friend Charles Sherwood and I were all set to climb the Walker Spur, one of the classic major alpine routes of the French Alps, when the weather changed dramatically.. It was summer, but the temperature dropped from a balmy 86 degrees to 41 degrees in the valley and it snowed down to an altitude...

Jan 22, 2021
Hiking Point Lobos, a Monterey Bay Gem
Hiking Point Lobos, a Monterey Bay Gem

The meeting of the mist and the ocean has formed one of the most beautiful spots on earth, the collision of ocean and rock that is Point Lobos on California’s Monterey Bay.. Inspiration abounds in the vistas and tides of Point Lobos today as it has before any of us were around. A hike...

Jan 22, 2021
Utilitoy Offers a Lightweight Camper for Gear Hounds
Utilitoy Offers a Lightweight Camper for Gear Hounds

Are your RV fantasies undermined by your small car reality? Same here. One possible solution: the Utilitoy, a simple, lightweight camping trailer that can be pulled by most 4-cylinder cars.. The base model of the trailer weighs 962 pounds and has a tongue weight of 80 pounds (the weight that pushed down on the hitch)....

May 18, 2018
Action Camper Turns a Jeep Wrangler Into a Home
Action Camper Turns a Jeep Wrangler Into a Home

Here’s another item to add to your wish list for things over 50 . grand. Mario Donovan, of Prescott, Arizona, has developed a camper that . mounts on 4-door Jeep Wranglers. Given the Wrangler’s off-road . capabilities, this means you can reside in style in lots of out-of-the . places.. The 440-pound Action Camper has...

Feb 16, 2012
Camp Stove Generates Electricity from Twigs, Reduces Smoke
Camp Stove Generates Electricity from Twigs, Reduces Smoke

How about a camp stove that cooks food AND charges your smartphone? Please meet the CampStove from BioLite, a company that started out making clean-burning wood stoves for people in developing countries, but has now turned it’s attention to a more affluent, but still resource-constrained population — outdoors enthusiasts.. The $129 CampStove, about the size...

Jan 20, 2012
Hiking to Improve Your State of Mind
Hiking to Improve Your State of Mind

As you walk down a busy street in Boston or Denver on a sweltering summer day, with your cell phone ringing, cars zooming by, and the smell of exhaust permeating the air, have you found yourself wanting to take John Muir’s advice and “climb the mountains” so your “cares will fall off like autumn leaves?”. That desire...

Apr 18, 2011
Lightweight Emergency Shelters for Wilderness Survival
Lightweight Emergency Shelters for Wilderness Survival

After a close call last summer with getting stuck outdoors in the wilderness, I’ve been slowly but surely piecing together an emergency survival kit. One item on my list of basic survival gear is a simple tarp to provide shelter.. I’ve found a number of options, from simple blue tarps to rain ponchos that unfold...

Apr 06, 2011
Turn Your Car Into the World’s Smallest Motorhome
Turn Your Car Into the World’s Smallest Motorhome

And we thought the Swiss couldn’t top their army knife. Next month a Swiss company called misC Sport & Leisure will release the Swiss Room Box, a device that turns small cars into motor homes.. The Room Box mounts into the back of a car with straps and unfolds to reveal everything from a dining table...

Sep 28, 2010