Articles for October 2015

A shot walking down a ski run in Telluride

What’s in my Backpack for Telluride, CO?

What’s in my backpack?

MSR Hubba– I purchased this tent because of its size, weight, and the craftsmanship. When backpacking, I am always carrying camera equipment and that equipment isn’t the lightest. I have to work hard to keep weight down where I can, and carrying a tent that weighs less than 2 lbs. makes a big difference. The floor area inside the tent is perfect for one person and the vestibule is large enough for camping and photo equipment. There is plenty of headroom which makes the tent feel much larger than it is. The UV treatment on the rainfly is another reason I purchased this tent. The last thing you want is for you and your gear to get wet due to weathering on the fly. MSR does a great job with their craftsmanship.

MSR Pocket Rocket The MSR Pocket Rocket is a fantastic personal cooking system. It weighs in at just 3 oz. and takes up basically no room in your backpack. A small ISOPRO canister is all you need for your weekend getaway. It’s simple to use, boils water in an instant, and packs down to almost nothing. I highly recommend for the person looking for a lightweight and easy to use personal cooking system.

Katadyn Hiker Pro- I’ve been using Katadyn products for the past ten years and have never been disappointed. The Hiker Pro continues to be a great micro filter for all my hiking/backpacking needs. I’ve used the Hiker Pro on solo trips and with groups. With its quick attach system, I can quickly fill Nalgene water bottles with the fitted top and hook up to Camelbak bladders with ease.

Thermarest NeoAir All Season– I purchased the NeoAir because of its weight, durability, and R- Value. It is not the lightest sleeping pad on the market, but it is a contender. The denier on this pad is a little higher making it a tough pad, but it adding a little extra weight. I don’t mind because the added weight is negligible and it really increases the durability. Also, for an all season pad, the R-Value is at a comfortable value for summer camping and those cool to cold nights in the winter.

Prana Stretch Zion Pants– These pants from Prana are by far my most favorite pants I have ever owned. I have worn these pants religiously for the past four years. They are triple stitched, have a gusseted crotch, the four-way stretch is fantastic, remarkably durable and they are incredibly comfortable. They are the perfect go to pant whether I am hunting, fishing, hiking, or just wearing them to work.

Patagona Nanopuff I bought my Nanopuff to serve as an all-purpose synthetic lightweight jacket. It is warm enough on the cool/cold days to use as a standalone piece and it also fairs well against the wind. The Nanopuff is also thin enough to work great as a mid-layer combined with a nice lightweight vest, such as the Atom from Arcteryx, when the temperature starts to fall below freezing. This jacket comes with me wherever I go. It packs down small, keeps me warm, looks great, and has made it through a gauntlet of torture.

Arcteryx Atom Vest– This is another staple piece I always have in my backpack. It’s lightweight, very warm, and layers very well. The four way stretch on the sides of the vest allow for easier movement and a more comfortable fit. The Core-loft synthetic insulation from Arcteryx is right on the money. It’s surprising how warm the vest is able to keep you without overheating. A highly recommended piece if you are looking for a good looking vest that will work hard for you.

The North Face VaporWick T-Shirts– I bought these T’s because of the VaporWick technology and because they are very comfortable. The Vaporwick technology disperses moisture which allows the clothing to dry much faster. Keeping yourself dry in cool to cold weather is extremely important and these shirts did the trick. The shirt does also have some UPF protection which is helpful at the higher altitudes when backpacking.

 

Ryan and Odin walking Bear Creek Trail
Ryan and Odin walking Bear Creek Trail
We found Little Hawaii!
We found Little Hawaii!
Odin and his Ruffwear backpack
Odin and his Ruffwear backpack
From Bear Creek Falls
From Bear Creek Falls
Alta Lakes!
Alta Lakes!
Headed home from a day of fly fishing Alta Lakes
Headed home from a day of fly fishing Alta Lakes
Ski lifts at Telluride
Ski lifts at Telluride
A shot walking down a ski run in Telluride
A shot walking down a ski run in Telluride
Cheesy pictures are great
Cheesy pictures are great
Ryan and myself on our first hike into town
Ryan and myself on our first hike into town
Mount Wilson approach
Mount Wilson approach

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Basecamp! Sierra Designs and MSR tents are fantastic
Basecamp! Sierra Designs and MSR tents are fantastic

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Got off on a spur trail...
Got off on a spur trail…
Mount Wilson approach
Mount Wilson approach

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The saddle at Mount Wilson which stands at roughly 13,400 ft.
The saddle at Mount Wilson which stands at roughly 13,400 ft.
The Crew!
The Crew!

 

Eric Svendson joined the Backpacker Team in 2009 and is currently the Manager of our River Ranch store. His favorite brands are Patagonia, prAna, and Salomon. He is responsible for assisting employees, helping customers, and merchandising clothing and equipment around the store. When not in the store, he pursues his passion of photography and helps maintain the studio that he shares with his mother in downtown Lafayette, Svendson Studios. He also enjoys hunting, fishing,kayaking, biking, and exploring the southern Louisiana wilderness.

Louisiana Local Outdoor Resources

South Louisiana has a wealth of outdoor adventures waiting to be discovered!  These local clubs and organizations are some of our favorite ways to connect with other outdoorsy people for knowledge and fun!

 

Baton Rouge SUP

All about the Baton Rouge SUP community!

Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club

“Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club (BCKFC) is a non-profit recreational kayak fishing club. We strive to provide a friendly meeting place to organize area kayak fisherman from all across the Gulf coast. With an open public forum as well as a private members section, there is a wealth of information and ideas that have accumulated here since this club began in 2005, from experienced kayakers and fishermen alike. We host several events throughout the year; including many kayak fishing tournaments that are open to the public. These events are an excellent way to get in on some great conversation with the most talented kayak fishermen in the area. The food and fun at the weigh-ins alone are well worth the price of admission. In addition to the tournament style events, we partner with local sponsors in southern Louisiana to put on demo days that allow those interested to test out all the different styles of yaks out on the market and ask question from those that have used them the most.”

Bayou Haystackers Paddling Club

Please consider joining the club. Anyone who enjoys paddling is welcome to join. Our club consists of canoeists and kayakers of all kinds. You can come on a trip or two without being a member of the club, but you’ll have alot more fun if you join.

Representing Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi – New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the Northshore, Lafayette, Southern Mississippi and all points in between.

Bike Baton Rouge

Bike Baton Rouge is a 501 (c) 3 grassroots organization dedicated to making trips by bicycling or walking so safe and enjoyable that people will choose to leave the car at
home. We will accomplish this by:

  • Promoting bicycling and walking as transportation options in the greater Baton Rouge area;
  • Making these modes of transportation as safe, convenient, and enjoyable as possible, and;
  • Bringing to light the associated environmental, economic, and health-related benefits of biking and walking

BRAMBA (Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association)

The Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association (BRAMBA) was formed in December 1992, in response to a need for a mountain bike trail in the Baton Rouge area. Until that time, bikers were riding the “levee trail,” near the water’s edge on the east bank of the Mississippi River, but that trail was under water during the spring. Other than the levee trail, local riders had to drive two hours to Alexandria, Louisiana, or Clear Springs, Mississippi, to find suitable mountain bike trails to ride. This need for a place to ride and fun people to ride with coincided with the explosive growth and popularity of mountain biking. BRAMBA was officially formed to find a permanent trail, organize trail building efforts, and support mountain biking in the Baton Rouge area. BRAMBA secured a 240-acre parcel of land at Hooper Road Park from BREC for mountain bike use. The Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association, Inc. has been recognized as a not for profit organization under IRS 501(c)3; any donations to BRAMBA are tax exempt. Today we operate as advocates of the Kerry Stamey Trail System and support being healthy and having fun through cycling and the MTB community!

BREC Outdoor Adventure

The BREC Outdoor Adventure department is dedicated to promoting an active, outdoor lifestyle to all citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish by providing recreational opportunities that revolve around the outdoors. These programs include activities such as, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, biking, fishing, camping and land navigation. BREC’s Outdoor Adventure programs introduce and instruct patrons in outdoor sports and helps them advance through progressive skill levels. These specialized programs also promote environmental awareness and ethical practices when in outdoor and nature based activities. BREC’s Outdoor Adventure team is committed to providing opportunities for adventure here in East Baton Rouge Parish and beyond!

BRLA Climbing Enthusiasts

Climbing hard, organizing climbing excursions, and sharing climbing info and knowledge in this small pond of Southern LA.

Louisiana Hiking Club

The Louisiana Hiking Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to
meet the needs of Louisiana backpackers and hikers. Its goals are:

• to advance the knowledge of hikers and backpackers in Louisiana by
offering classes, seminars and other educational resources
• to foster communication between hikers
• to maintain existing trails and establish new ones
• to plan trips
• to compile accurate cartographic and naturalist guides for Louisiana trails

PaddleBR’s mission is to promote awareness of, access to, and conditions on our local waterways.  In order to further that mission, our activities include:

  • Paddle trail maintenance, e.g. our regular work days on Bayou Fountain,
  • Waterway cleanups,
  • Group presentations and exhibits, and
  • Fun recreational paddling events!
The Delta Chapter is 3,000 of your neighbors supporting the work of the Sierra Club in Louisiana. We advance the cause of protecting Louisiana’s environment in a variety of ways, including sponsoring a campaign to take Mercury out of the environment, identifying and protecting the state’s scenic rivers, and working to save the cypress and keep the Atchafalaya Basin, America’s greatest river swamp, wet and wild. We work to raise public awareness about the effects of human caused climate change and to develop clean energy solutions. We advise the state legislature in Baton Rouge on issues related to public health and the environment. In addition we conduct outings and informational events so that our members and friends can get outside and enjoy our beautiful state.
The Baton Rouge Group of the Delta Chapter (Louisiana) of the Sierra Club
Exploring, Enjoying, and Protecting Greater Baton Rouge’s Environment: For Our Families, For Our Future
“Louisiana Local Outdoor Resources”