Guess who got to represent Backpacker Magazine on their 2015 Get Out More Tour? These Dirty Turtles! For the summer of 2015 we lived our dream job--spending the summer traveling the country, camping, hiking, testing gear, leading backpacking seminars and sharing our love and passion for the outdoors. From March to October we visited 60 retail locations throughout the lower 48 states along with 5 outdoor festivals. Below is recap of our summer of adventure!
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Here is the list of essential gear that we carry on a multi-day backpacking trip discussed in our backpacking clinic. Based on your trip planning and research, specifically where and when you are traveling, this list will vary.
Sun & Bug Protection:
Tools & Repair Kit:
Extra Gear we cover:
Keith’s Osprey Atmos AG 50 Becky’s Osprey Aura AG 50
Clothing Active Set: T-Shirt, Long Button-up, Shorts, Convertible Pants, Rain Pants/Jacket,Wrightsock Coolmesh II or Escape, Underwear, Hiking Shoes, Gloves, Gaters Dry Set:Thermal Top/Bottom, Wrightsock, Underwear
Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad Keith’s Lost Ranger 15 Sleeping Bag Becky’s Roxy Ann 15 Sleeping Bag Sleeping Bag Liner
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 mtnGLO Tent / Foot Print
Good To-Go Dehydrated Meals PepPod Energy Drink GSI Pinnacle Dualist Kovea Supalite Titanium
Sawyer Squeeze Filter System
First Aid Kit Sierra Sage Green Goo Helinox Ridgeline Trekking Poles SAM Splint Zamst EK-5 Knee Brace Bathroom Bag
Throughout our summer adventure on the road we kept a running tally in a couple categories such as where we have been, how many miles driven or hiked and a few more obscure categories like breweries visited.
Days Living on the Road: 214
Nights Camping: 98
Nights in a Hotel: 67
Nights with Friends/Family: 49
Miles Driven: 35,000ish
States Visited: 44
Miles Hiked: 285.6
National Parks Visited: 19 Zion NP Bryce Canyon NP Capitol Reef NP Mesa Verde NP Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP Mammoth Cave NP Great Smoky MT NP Congaree NP Cuyahoga Valley NP Shenandoah NP Bandlands NP Grand Teton NP Yellowstone NP Crater Lake NP Channel Islands NP Joshua Tree NP Saguaro NP Grand Canyon NP Petrified Forest NP
National Monuments/Historic Sites/Memorials: 14 Escalante NM Natural Bridges NM Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) Cape Hatteras NSS Fort Sumter NM Sleeping Bear Dunes NLS Castle Clinton NM Statue of Liberty NM Harpers Ferry NHP Mount Rushmore NM Custer State Park(should be a monument or national park) John D Rockefeller Memorial Parkway Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks NM Bandelier NM
Breweries Visited: 69 Red Rock Brew Pub - Murray UT Zion Canyon Brew Pub - Springdale UT Carvers Brewing Co - Durango CO Broad Ripple Brew Pub - Indianapolis IN Big Woods Brewing - Nashville IN Mad Tree Brewing - Cincinnati OH Blackstone Brewery - Nashville TN Smoky Mountain Brewery - Pigeon Forge TN The Terminal Brewery - Chattanooga TN Innovation Brewing Company - Sylvan NC Heinzelmännchen Brewery - Sylvan NC Nantahala Brewing Company - Bryson City NC Frog Level Brewing Company - Waynesville NC Wicked Weed Brewing Company - Asheville NC Asheville Brewing Company - Asheville NC Weeping Radish Farm Brewery - Grandy NC Outer Banks Brewing Station - Kill Devil Hills NC Crank Arm Brewing Company - Raleigh NC Appalachian Mountain Brewery - Boone NC French Broad Brewery - Asheville NC Catawba Brewing - Asheville NC Blue Mountain Pizza & Brew Pub - Weaverville NC Brevard Brewing - Brevard NC Oskar Blues Brewery - Brevard NC Lookout Brewing - Black Mountain NC Pisgah Brewing - Black Mountain NC Hunter Gatherer - Columbia SC River Rat Brewery - Columbia SC Conquest Brewing Co - Columbia SC Swamp Cabbage Brewery - Columbia SC Revelry Brewing Co - Charleston SC Holy City Brewing - Charleston SC Winter Park Beer Co - Winter Park FL Orlando Brewing Co - Orlando FL Knotty Pine Brewery - Columbus OH Granite City Brewing - Toledo OH Right Brain Brewery - Traverse City MI Mackinaw Brewing - Traverse City MI Mad Jack Brewery - Albany NY Lake Placid Pub and Brewery - Lake Placid NY Vermont Pub and Brewery - Burlington VT Schilling Beer Co - Littleton NH Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen - Cranston RI Sebago Brewing Co - Portland ME Triumph Brewing Co - Prinston NJ Gordon Biersch - Rockville MD Backroom Brewery - Middletown VA C'ville-ian Brewing Co - Charlottesville VA South Street Brewery - Charlottesville VA Big Timber Brewing Co - Elkins WV Edgewater Brewery - Grand Junction CO Squatters Pub and Brewery - Salt Lake City UT Red Rock Brewing Co - Salt Lake City UT Ram Restaurant and Brewery - Schaumburg IL Firehouse Brewing Co - Rapid City SD Bitter Esters Brewhouse - Custer SD Grand Teton Brewing Co - Victor ID Wildlife Brewing & Pizza - Victor ID Red Lodge Ales - Red Lodge MT Bridgeport Brewpub - Portland OR Thunder Island Brewing Co - Cascade Locks OR Benchmark Brewing Co - San Diego CA San Diego Brewing Co - San Diego CA SunUp Brewing Co - Phoenix AZ Canteen Brewhouse - Albuquerque NM Kaktus Brewing Co - Bernalillo NM Taos Mesa Brewing - Taos NM Karbach Brewing - Houston TX NOLA Brewing Co - New Orleans LA