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People often ask me for advice or opinions on outdoor gear, so I thought it would be fun to make a list of my favorite items. While gear is a very personal choice and there are many, many options out there, I hope that the items and thoughts here can help give you good leads on what might be useful for your dayhiking and backpacking adventures.

Equipment for Day Hikes:

Black Diamond hiking polesMarmut Precip rain jacketwater bladders

Petzl Actik HeadlampKatadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter

Backpacking Gear:

Marmot Helium Down Sleeping BagSea to Summit eVent Compression Dry SackSea to Summit UltraLight Insulated Sleeping PadSea to Summit Aeros Pillow Premium

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 TentOutdoor Research Helium Bivy

MSR Whisperlite Backpacking StoveEsbit Solid Fuel Stove

Winter Gear:

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction SystemHT Enterprise Safety Ice Pick with Lanyard

Note: The links on this page are REI affiliate and Amazon links. You can support this site by buying through these links; it will have no effect on the cost to you. I only recommend gear that I have actually used and think is worthwhile. REI is one of my favorite stores for outdoor gear and accessories.

Joe Braun Photography

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