Paddling North by Audrey Sutherland inspired me to "do it now"

Paddling North

by Dudley


  • Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage 
  • by Audrey Sutherland
  • Illustrated by Yoshiko Yamamoto
  • Patagonia Works | 2018 | Softcover

This book inspired me, or more accurately, Audrey Sutherland did!

Reading the book stirred up my emotions. I felt like I was on the adventure with Audrey. 

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Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite - The Tent That Killed the Tarp

Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite

by Dudley


The tarp is dead. The Sierra Design Tensegrity 2 Elite killed it!

Last year I reported that the new line of ultra-light tents from Sierra Design threatened “the tarp” used by thru-hikers and ultralight backpackers as a tent alternative. The 2014 SD tents were a similar weight to comparable tarps, yet protected you from all the elements.. including bugs, mice, wind and they were easier to pitch and they also included a protective tent floor.

The 2015 line of tents, and in particular the “elite” line… don’t just compete with the tarp, they totally kick butt!

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Slow Is Fast

by Dudley


  • "Slow is Fast" 
  • by Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman & Kellen Keene
  • PATAGONIA BOOK | 2013 | Softcover & DVD

“Slow Is Fast” chronicles what Dan Malloy has called "a mini-adventure in our own backyard." In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene jumped on a train headed north – along with bicycles, a surfboard, wetsuits, flippers, a microphone and some cameras. The idea was to travel down the coast by bike, stopping to surf; and staying with friends, family and acquaintances.They would set up camp when needed  and doi their best to earn their keep, while learning from folks who do good work and get by along the California coast. 

The result is “Slow is Fast”. A multi-media journal of the 58 day journey.

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Prepare For Anything Survival Manual

by Dudley


  • "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills" 
  • by Tim MacWelsch
  • WELDON OWEN | 2014 | Softcover

I’m not a survivalist… I think of myself as a camper.

My general positive attitude leaves me oblivious to potential global disasters that will leave the world in such a state that every man, women and child will be “just surviving”. 

I’m comfortable living in my beautiful world looking at everything  through my rose coloured glasses.  Life is good!

So why did I read Tim MacWelch’s “Prepare For Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills”?

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The Kelly Kettle is light and no fuel is required... perfect for the long haul

Kelly Kettle

by Dudley


The Kelly Kettle is something I have wanted to test drive for some time now. 

The Kelly family in Ireland pioneered the Kelly Kettle camping kettle over 100 years ago. The unique Kettle has made boiling water in the outdoor easy using only natural fuel. 

So old school, yet very relevant today for environmentally conscience campers.

Plus… since only natural fuel is used, you don’t have to worry about carrying fuel, or spare environmentally questionable canisters. 

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"Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild" by Jennifer Kingsley

Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild

by Dudley


  • "Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild" 
  • by Jennifer Kingsley
  • GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | August 22, 2014 | Hardcover

Loved it. 

Jenny’s words drew me deeper into the adventure with each turn of a page.  I truly felt like part of the expedition. I was bite by the cold, swarmed by bugs, was part of the interpersonal tensions, identifed with her personal inner conflicts… and of course the pain and exhaustion. 

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Our reviews are short and sweet. Partly because we only write about sweet stuff. Here is the thing... we will test any gear that tickles our fancy, or read any book that interests us...  if we LIKE it, we will write about it publicly... yet if we DON'T,  then we report back to the supplier privately. Bottom line... if it's on our website, it's because we like it!