Recommended Clothing

I recommend clothing that can be comfortably worn day after day for a wide variety of activities. My clothing is typically made from technical fibers which provides good mobility, decent durability, is light weight, fast drying, and odor/strain resistant. I use mostly the same clothing for daily city … “Recommended Clothing”

Read More

Footwear

Make sure that you are bringing footwear which is comfortable and appropriate for your chosen activities. Nothing has the ability to spoil your entire adventure like wearing uncomfortable footwear!  Shoes are extremely personal.  Just because a shoe is well regard doesn’t mean that it will be good for you.  … “Footwear”

Read More

Barefoot & Minimalist Shoes

There have been numerous articles  such as You Walk Wrong, Your shoes are killing you which promote the benefits of going barefoot or wearing minimalist shoes. These articles note out feet is well engineered and actually does a better job on removing stress from your knee and hip than … “Barefoot & Minimalist Shoes”

Read More

Christian’s Second Most Important Book

The dominate culture in the US prizes freedom and choice above all else which has led us to have one of the most individual oriented cultures. Garret Kell’s article entitled The Second-Most Important Book for Every Christian is a great antidote to the individual focus we are … “Christian’s Second Most Important Book”

Read More

Personal Finance Advise

A number of my younger friends have asked for advice regarding personal finance. This is an attempt to summarize what I know. If you want more in-depth information I would suggest checking out my goodreads “money” shelf.   People are more Important than Things: Don’t Make … “Personal Finance Advise”

Read More

How to Evaluate Audio Equipment

The best source of information is your EARS. Form your own opinions, don’t just accept what other people say. Believe what your ears tell you when listen to music! Remember that many people who write about audio are biased in one way or another.  Beyond that, … “How to Evaluate Audio Equipment”

Read More

Speakers

You should always chose your speakers first, and then select components which work well with the speakers you have selected. All speakers have flaws which you must choose between so speaker preference will be extremely personal. This is often demonstrated by people who agree about … “Speakers”

Read More

Audiophile Websites

Headphone Community Sites Inner Fidelity head-fi.org super best audio friends head-case.org headwize headphone.guru General Communities Audio Asylum Audio Circle Hydrogen Audio diyaudio Audioholics Reviews Digital Audio Review retrevo – review and info aggregation site Stereophile 6moons Stereo Mojo tnt-audio Positive Feedback AudioReview.com avguide.com high-endaudio.com Used Gear … “Audiophile Websites”

Read More

DAC and Players

All devices which play digital music contain a DAC. In many products, like the headphone jack on most laptops, the DAC is very low quality. In these cases, using an external DAC can significantly improve the sound quality of your digital music. Most DACs provide … “DAC and Players”

Read More

Headphone Amplifiers

Headphone amplifiers were almost un-heard of until the 1990s, though many receivers and integrated amplifiers had fairly good quality headphone jacks. As headphones have grown in popularity, and fewer people are purchasing classic stereos, headphone amplifiers have emerged as a product category. The “headphone jack” … “Headphone Amplifiers”

Read More

Headphones

Headphones are becoming the dominate way people listen to music as people shift from using records and CDs played through a stereo to streaming services played through a smart phone. Unfortunately, many people are using the earbuds provided with their smart phone, tablet, or laptop which … “Headphones”

Read More

Hospitality Delivered: Hints When Providing Meals

I have written early a bit about the important Christian practice of offering hospitality. Often this hospitality is in the form of opening our homes to others. We we can also extend hospitality beyond our homes by providing meals to others. In the last 30 … “Hospitality Delivered: Hints When Providing Meals”

Read More

ZPacks Hexamid

Review Item: ZPacks HexamidOptions: Cuben with NettingManufacture Year: 2010Listed weight: Cuben shelter, guylines, and bag 8.9ozWeight as delivered: tarp+attached guylines 8.3ozMSRP: US$259 I have a first generation which uses three zippers that meet at the top peak. Joe has now switched to a single zipper to save … “ZPacks Hexamid”

Read More

Recommended Books

This was original called “Books that Changed Me” but should have been called “Books that I Highly Recommend”, “Mark’s Canon”, or maybe “Books that I Think Should Change Me”. I now have a separate list which is Books that Really Changed Me.  For books on … “Recommended Books”

Read More

Bicycling

Bicycling can be a life long activity that promotes health and providing a practical form of transportation. Bicycling is extremely energy efficient: 5x walking, and nearly 200x riding in a car by yourself. I have found in areas with congested traffic, I can often reach … “Bicycling”

Read More

Shelters

Shelter selection should be based on how much room you need and the conditions you expect to encounter (rain, snow, wind, bugs, blistering heat, etc). For example, if you only camp in mild weather it would be silly to buy a mountaineering tent designed for … “Shelters”

Read More

Boots or Trail Runners

When I started hiking as a child everyone knew you should wear hiking boots, ideally made in Italy with Vibram soles and leather.uppers. Only stupid people wore tennis shoes while hiking, though often they were brought for river crossings and for relaxing around camp. Years … “Boots or Trail Runners”

Read More

Sandals

There are a number of people who have found using sandals or water shoes to be highly effective.  They provide excellent ventilation for your feet, and are ideal when you are in wet conditions because they don’t hold water against your feet.  The downsides of … “Sandals”

Read More

Trail Runners

For most conditions provided you are carrying less than approximately 40 lb, I would strongly recommend trying trail running shoes because they can be quite comfortable and will be lighter than the more traditional hiking shoes or boots; I have heard the following concerns about … “Trail Runners”

Read More

Socks

Appropriate socks help keep your feet at a comfortable temperature and play a large part in preventing blisters.  Blisters come from the combination of friction and moisture. You want socks which wick moisture away from you feet and minimize the amount of friction between the … “Socks”

Read More