Gear List: My essentials for camping & hiking (2016) 

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Try as I might to soften my vice grip on the material world, I’m a gearhead at heart.

In my six long (and not necessarily over) years as a technology writer, I spent thousands of hours examining the tools we employ to make our lives richer. From smartphones and software to mirrorless cameras and even ridiculous full-body sleeping bag onesies, I’ve reviewed a lot of stuff over the years. But my interest has never been about the stuff itself; but instead the way that new tools can shape and reshape behavior. Yes, it’s a pretty cerebral way to admit that I love talking about gear. So let’s do that.

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The starting place

Dog Mountain

I’m happy when I spend time outside. It’s the one thing I really need to do to feel good.

It’s taken me a full 30 years of my life to get to that realization, but I’m glad I’m here now. After 15 spent ambling through mirror-image suburban wastelands and at least six sandwiched into the urban thicket of lower Manhattan/various corners of Brooklyn, I moved to the Pacific Northwest and started figuring some things out. Right now, I’m figuring things out full-time.

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