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Our Favorite Outdoor Gear

Having been in business for over 16 years conducting camping and hiking vacations, we have learned what works and what doesn't. The following companies and their gear is what we currently use in the field for ourselves as well as our customers.

Backpack: Aircontact Series by Deuter

These packs, designed for men or women have German engineering behind them, and the quality and workmanship is superb.

Sleeping Bag: Winter bags from Big Agnes, Inc.

Well tailored goose down for cool season nights.

Sleeping Bag: Summer bags from Design Salt, Inc.

Very lightweight synthetic for warm weather (combined with fleece and a cotton liner for slightly cooler weather).

Sleeping Pad: Full length air/cell foam: Thermarest Cascade Designs, Inc.

The standard expedition pad used in outdoor trips, very lightweight and efficient.

Backpack Chairkit: Thermarest Cascade Designs, Inc.

This super lightweight chair incorporates the thermarest pad in it. A great cushioned seat to rest that sore back after a long day of hiking.

Backpacking Tent: Seedhouse 2 person by Big Agnes, Inc.

This is a versatile, lightweight weatherproof tent which sets up very easily.

Basecamp Tent: Mad house 3 person by Big Agnes, Inc.

This comfortable lightweight tent has withstood some of the worst summer thunderstorms thrown at it we have ever experienced, and came through with flying colors.

Trekking Poles: Makalu Antishock Mountain Trek Series by Leki USA Inc.

A wonderful telescoping system that has made the all the difference for our backpacking customers.

Backpack Stove: Jetboil by Jetboil Inc.

A new, very lightweight and fuel efficient stove that burns less than half of the propane of its competitors.

Camp Stove: Two burner stove by Coleman

For our packhorse and camping trips this offers a great system for satisfying meals under the stars.

Water Filter: Miniworks by Mountain Safety Research

The most versatile, rugged and easy to service-in-the field water filter we have used, and we have tried them all. You can have a serious problem in a remote area with a system that fails and cannot be repaired while in the out back, this filter has proven itself over and over.

Satellite Phone: Globalstar

A necessity in the field that insures safety and prompt evacuation in case of an emergency.

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"Just thought I would drop you an email to let you know how we liked our hike. It was great. Frank was excellent and knowledgeable and personable. He made the trip  very enjoyable. He took time to do a short hike into a canyon where he knew Nat (10 year old son) would be able to find some calcite crystals when he found out that he likes rocks and crystals, and helped him locate and identify fossils, etc. and generally took pains to make the trip special for us. And when Isabelle looked like she might not be quite up to the hike out, Frank made sure that she was able to get a horse out. We would definitely want to hire him as a guide again in the future."