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August 31, 2017 Nevada Fall, Half Dome, and Liberty Cap from the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park.

Ask Me: What Gear Do You Suggest For Thru-Hiking the John Muir Trail?

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Hello Michael,

I read your article about ultra-backpacking and how you did the John Muir Trail in seven days. I am planning on doing it, but would like to know, for an ultralight backpacker, what items did you use for tent, sleeping bag, etc.? And any feedback or thoughts that you have that would be beneficial for me would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

Covina, CA Continue reading →

Ask Me: The Best Hiking Shoes For Zion’s Angels Landing

June 1, 2017  |  In Ask Me, Gear Reviews, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Hikers on Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Hikers on Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Hi Michael,

My wife and I really enjoy your website and excellent gear reviews. Thank you! We are headed to Zion National Park in September and looking for footwear for the Angels Landing hike. Can you recommend approach/hiking shoes that won’t wear our feet out on the way up and provide great traction for that last half-mile up the narrow spine to the summit? I would consider a mid-cut for ankle support if they were light enough, otherwise low-cut is fine. Continue reading →

May 24, 2016 South Fork Cascade Canyon, Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park.

Ask Me: What Boots Do You Recommend For Ankle Support and Breathability?

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We just returned from a weeklong camping trip in Acadia National Park. We did a ton of hiking, and my older Keen Targhee IIs have finally bit the dust. So I’m in the market for new boots. I read all your articles and reviews on boots, but most of the reviews were for mid-cut boots, which usually don’t give me enough ankle support. Over the past few years I’ve sprained both ankles twice (never while hiking). I am deathly afraid of rolling an ankle again, so I wear ankle supports on both ankles whenever I’m hiking anything other than solid, relatively flat trails. The problem is the supports make the heat inside the boot almost unbearable; I have to take off the boots constantly to cool my feet.

I’m looking for a midweight boot that goes higher up on my ankle and still breathes as much as possible. But the most important factor for me is ankle support; I’ll deal with a little more heat as long as I can ditch the ankle supports. Continue reading →

December 23, 2015 Hiking above Columbine Lake, Sequoia National Park.

Ask Me: Seeking Breathable Boots For Carrying a Heavy Backpack

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You answer a lot questions from people who want lighter footwear so maybe you won’t mind another. I grew up carrying heavy packs in big, burly boots. Most of my gear was built up over the years with backcountry hunting in mind. I’ve steadily cut the weight of my gear down over the years out of necessity. I have an ultralight pack the first two or three days of a hunt, and then if luck is with us on us, I add 100 pounds of game carried out over as many as three trips. For this reason, my boots have never made the same journey towards lighter that my other gear has. I’ve always worn a burlier waterproof boot that can cushion my feet and give stability for going back and forth with heavy loads over mixed terrain. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX and Acrux FL Hiking Shoes

June 19, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX Approach Shoe

Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX Approach Shoe

Hiking/Approach Shoes
Arc’teryx Acrux2 FL GTX Approach Shoe
$280, 2 lbs. 3 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: men’s 7-14, women’s (Acrux FL GTX, $230) 5-12

Arc’teryx Acrux FL
$200, 1 lb. 14 oz. (men’s 9)
Sizes: men’s 7-14, women’s 5-12

Is it possible for a shoe to be everything you need in backcountry footwear—and if so, what’s that worth? Those are the questions raised by Arc’teryx’s new Acrux2 FL GTX Approach Shoe and Acrux FL—both very “Arc’teryx” in their shoot-for-the-moon design and price. In pursuit of answers to those questions, I took both out on hikes intended to put the claims about these shoes to the test: ultralight backpacking the very rugged Royal Arch Loop in the Grand Canyon in the Acrux2 FL GTX, and dayhiking 17 miles through New Hampshire’s Northern Presidential Range, and Zion’s steep and scrambly Angels Landing, in the Acrux FL. Continue reading →

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