Backcountry Camping

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Mason Chapel on the Au Sable River

By Stacie / March 23, 2022 / Comments Off on Mason Chapel on the Au Sable River

One of the joys of kayaking is exploring along the river! Here is a short video from our visit to the Mason Chapel on the Au Sable River near Grayling, MI. This was a beautiful stop on our 5 day kayaking camping trip last summer. If you are going to be on the south branch…

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Ladies Camping Bathroom Tips and Pstyle Product Review

By Stacie / February 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Ladies Camping Bathroom Tips and Pstyle Product Review

Camping Bathroom Tips Camping bathroom tips for ladies only! Need some tips on bathrooming while out camping? Don’t let your need to urinate or poo outdoors be a barrier to enjoying your adventures in nature. Topics covered include Leave No Trace burying your poo and toilet paper, packing out wipes and menstrual products, and a…

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Vince and Stacie in the car

Backpacking Trip Fall Weekend Packing

By Stacie / October 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Backpacking Trip Fall Weekend Packing

Vince and Stacie discuss fall backpacking gear – what to pack and what to expect when rain is in the forecast!

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Vince in a field with a solar panel

Product Review: BigBlue 28W Solar Charger

By Stacie / October 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Product Review: BigBlue 28W Solar Charger

Yes we really camp for two weeks at a time! One question we get asked frequently is how we keep our phones charged. We use a BigBlue28W Solar Charger, with two Xtreme 20,000mAh Power Packs. This is more than enough for our devices. We use our phones to navigate, record videos, take lots of pictures,…

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Product Review and Demo: Jetboil Flash Stove with Java Edition Kit

By Stacie / August 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Product Review and Demo: Jetboil Flash Stove with Java Edition Kit

Camping is a game of continuous improvement for us – we are always learning and adjusting! We love finding new ways to be comfortable, happy, and enjoy things that we love.Every camper has some luxury item they take on the trail. For us it is coffee! We make fresh ground French press coffee every morning…

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Hammock gear in forest

DIY Hammock Camping Gear

By Stacie / July 22, 2021 / Comments Off on DIY Hammock Camping Gear

Hammock camping is our go-to! We get a lot of questions about our hammock set up for camping. It is extremely comfortable, even with two people in it! Yes, we really both sleep in the same hammock for our long trips. While it’s not ultralight, splitting up the gear in our backpacks works for us.…

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Hammock and fly

Fourteen nights in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, 2011-05-20 to 2011-06-03

By Stacie / March 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Fourteen nights in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, 2011-05-20 to 2011-06-03

Vince Sadowski Go grab a sandwich, this will take a while, and this is the condensed version!  2011-05-13, Friday, A false start I still haven’t had any sleep, been up all night packing, hit the road around 4 AM. Get within 30 miles of ferry, and they call and cancelled the trip. D’Oh! Continue to…

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Hammock set up on Old Baldy dune

Another Two Weeks in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, May 16-30, 2014

By Stacie / March 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Another Two Weeks in a Hammock on North Manitou Island, May 16-30, 2014

Vince Sadowski Before the trip: I was originally scheduled to return to Manitou Island on May 9, but the winter has been so long and cold that the harbor at Leland was still frozen, so my trip was rescheduled for May 16. My primary objective of this trip will be to find the elusive Angell…

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