Cantata Peak

Cantata Peak (6,390 ft.) West Ridge Route: 8.4 miles each way, 4,910 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3+. My time: 10 hours round trip ▼KMZ Cantata is one of the most recognizable big peaks in the Chugach, rising to 6,390 … Read More

Osprey Talon 22

Purchased summer 2012, reviewed September 2016 At a volume of 22 liters (or 20 for the small/medium size), the Osprey Talon 22 hits a sweet spot for day packs. This size is perfect for all the essentials for spring to … Read More

L.L. Bean Boots

Purchased September 2015, reviewed September 2016, updated November 2017 L.L. Bean’s “Bean Boots” are one of those rare items that make it into the closets of both parents and their college-bound kids. They are a simple, durable boot: waterproof leather … Read More

Eagle to Peters

August is a tricky time of year for hiking in the Chugach. The early-season excitement of May and endless daylight of June are long past, and the weather tends to turn a little moody. It’s easy to look up at … Read More

Walk to Fire Island

I’m not encouraging you to do this trip. It’s probably not entirely safe under any conditions, and if the idea that this trip is “no big deal” gets around, it could have potentially fatal consequences for unprepared hikers. With all … Read More

Salomon Quest 4D

Purchased summer 2013, reviewed March 2016 Out of the box If you could breed a hundred generations of trail running shoes for burliness and grit, the Salomon Quest 4D GTX would be the result. Its lineage reaches back into Salomon’s … Read More

1 2 3 4 5