Osprey Xenith 75 (Review)

May 22, 2016

  My parents raised me and my brother to go camping from an early age. It wasn’t until I was in college that I started to go camping on my own. During those days, I didn’t own any “outdoor packs” and only had a big, black duffle bag and a smaller school backpack. I remember trudging through creek streams with that pack and bags hanging off of me with most of the camping gear I owned at the time. Those were fun and memorable times; albeit, not the most comfortable camping trips of my life! As I got older and was dating my (now) wife, I realized that I would eventually marry her and wanted our little family to go hiking...

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Light My Fire FireSteel 2.0 (Review)

May 07, 2016

Ever since I was a young child, I have always been a bit of a “pyro” at heart and loved to set fire to things just to “watch it burn.” That probably sounds pretty horrible, though I can assure you that I never once started an uncontrolled fire. It was just the usual small twigs and leaves being introduced to consuming heat with pretty much anything I had on my person at the time. From magnifying glasses, to matches, to lighters… there wasn’t a whole lot that I didn’t end up getting my sneaky little hands on. ***And in case my mother ever reads this confessional, I can’t exactly confirm or deny who wrote the random words on the street out front of our house with rubbing alcohol as...

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