Columbus

Hmm… what to say about Columbus?  It’s flat.  The cost of living is reasonable.  It’s isn’t as backward as it used to be.  It’s the worlds largest cow town and a good place to live but a so/so place to visit.  I lived in Columbus … “Columbus”

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Health and Fitness in One Page

Over the last six years I have tried to answer the question “What is a Healthy Lifestyle?”. The following is a brief summary of what I have learned. By applying what I have learned I am in better condition in my 50s than I was … “Health and Fitness in One Page”

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Simplifying Stuff

Minimalism has become an important tool for my life. I like Joshua Becker’s definition of minimalism found on his blog becoming minimalist “The intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it”. Brian Gardner points out … “Simplifying Stuff”

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Gear in 2018

Great Stuff for Me and Maybe You. The complete list of gear and clothing for my life in 2018. I have an updated this year’s gear. Minimalism led me to simplify my stuff, keeping just the items that are regularly used and give me joy. I considered … “Gear in 2018”

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Mark’s Audiophile Journey

I am not a sound engineer or music producer. I do consider myself am an audiophile because I really care about the sound qualty of the music I listen to, but unlike some audiophiles, the audio equipment is only a means to an end and … “Mark’s Audiophile Journey”

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Sport Watches

As mentioned in my 2018 Gear post, I love my Garmin 935, but it’s not the watch for everyone. The following are a list of sports watches that I would recommend to others. Garmin 935 Watch: is a do everything watch which is light enough that I … “Sport Watches”

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ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review

ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket is one of the lightest, most breathable rain jacket currently available. I can actually wear it comfortably jogging in cool, rainy weather. I have been using mine for more than two year without any durability issues, but people who aren’t as … “ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review”

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Travel Packs

I think most people would be best served using a carry on size “travel pack” which is a cross between a backpack and soft-side luggage.  Travel packs will often have light weight internal frames to make them easier to carry, handles on the top and … “Travel Packs”

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Flashlights & Headlamp

Flashlights and headlamps let you continue your activities once it is too dark to see. The ability to expend the hours that we can do things is invaluable. Today, virtually all flashlights and headlamps use LEDs to produce light. I strongly encourage people to retired … “Flashlights & Headlamp”

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Knives and Other Sharps

Many activities requires cutting things. Cutting needs varies: food preparation, opening packaging, trimming material to cover a blister,  or hacking branches off a tree to build an emergency shelter. My Choice My every day carry (EDC) knife is a Victorinox Rambler Pocket Knife which is … “Knives and Other Sharps”

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Water Treatment & Containers

Next to staying warm, the most important survive and comfort factor is to make sure you drink an adequate amount of safe water. This often means you need to carry water and be prepared to treat water. Not all locations have a continuous supply of … “Water Treatment & Containers”

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Hats

Hats seem to be one of the more personal pieces of gear. More than many items, people seem to care about the style of their hat.  There are a huge number of options with a wide variety of styles, colors, materials, etc. Hats are highly … “Hats”

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Handwear

Like hats, hardware seem to be one of the more “personal” pieces of gear. Unlike “hats”, fit and function rather than style seems to drive most people’s decision making.  The fit of handwear is much more important  than say, a jacket.  Less than 1 cm … “Handwear”

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Rain Gear

The purpose of the shell is to protect you from environmental conditions.  Finding the right shell is quite challenging because staying dry and comfortable requires managing external moisture from rain, sleet, and snow as well as managing internally generated moisture from perspiration and sweat. There is … “Rain Gear”

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Pants

Often people will have a single layer of clothing for their legs. Generally legs need less protection from weather than the torso for several reasons. Moisture management is typically less challenging and in most activities (other than climbing) your legs  generate more heat than your … “Pants”

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Insulation Layer

The purpose of the insulation layer is to keep you warm. There are a number of factors which effect how much insulation a person will need to be comfortable for a given set of conditions.  The most significant is the level of activity, or what … “Insulation Layer”

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Softshells

Everyone has their own definition of “softshell” which makes the marketplace quite confusing. My definition of soft shell is any single layer garment which is designed be worn in a wide range of conditions putting an emphasis on breathability over absolute protection from external conditions.  … “Softshells”

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Windshirts

Windshirts, sometimes called windbreakers or wind-shells are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can use. A simple, unlined windshirt can ounce per ounce provide more warmth than many other clothing items because wind speeds up convection cooling significantly. In many cases a … “Windshirts”

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Base Layers

Good base layers will wick moisture away from your body.  In warm weather a wicking base will help keep you cool by provide significantly more surface area than your skin to promote evaporation of your sweat. A base layer can provide addition surface area only if … “Base Layers”

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Vapor Barriers

In extremely cold vapor barriers can be part of an effective clothing or sleep system. According to the book Secrets of Warmth by Hal Wiess, the human body gives off moisture for three reasons: (1) as a fear response, (2) as sweat to cool us down when … “Vapor Barriers”

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