REI Co-op Half Dome 3 Plus Tent Review

Over the Labor Day weekend (2019), Stella and I had laid the groundwork for an awesome kayaking/camping trip that included an overnight stay at the Roaring Fork Campground. Because we were kayaking to the campground, we needed a form of shelter that we could easily transport on our kayak. Thus, our search for a tent … Continue reading REI Co-op Half Dome 3 Plus Tent Review

Odlo Performance Warm Base Layer Bottoms Review

It is difficult to truly appreciate the value and importance of thermals (base layer clothing) until you’re in a situation where you need them - and do not have them, OR the ones you have are not adequate. I (Stella) am a bit embarrassed to admit that I have had the same base layer leggings … Continue reading Odlo Performance Warm Base Layer Bottoms Review

Osprey Kestrel 38 Review

The need for a larger backpack presented itself Fall of 2019 when a good friend of mine and I planned an overnight backcountry trip into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), where we would hike to Lake Verna from the East Inlet Trailhead (twenty miles out and back). After considering my current pack needs, along with … Continue reading Osprey Kestrel 38 Review

Lake Verna: A First Adventure

About a month ago, a plan had been hatched with my friend and coworker, Dave, to do a backpacking trip to Lake Verna, a first adventure, from the East Inlet Trailhead inside of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This would be the first backcountry backpacking trip for both of us! Most hikers who make the … Continue reading Lake Verna: A First Adventure