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Michelle's Day at Missouri Star Quilt Company
WARNING ! WARNING ! WARNING ! This definitely is not one of my videos on hiking or gear reviews. It's not even Hiker B S. It's giving my wife a little YouTube time showing her at Missouri Star Quilt Co. One of the largest and most popular quilters supply companies. Kinda like me going to REI or some other outfitters store and looking at EVERYTHING. I'm very blessed and she deserves her time. Matt's Blues by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100165 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Ozark Trail 1 Person Backpacking Tent
Check out this excellent, cheap, ultralight 1 person tent from Walmart. It's not available in stores, but you can easily order it on-line for $49. Sometimes cheap can be impressive, and I was quite surprised. Also watch till the end for another GIVEAWAY...."Yay!"
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Outdoor Products Backpackers Tarp
This video review is geared more for the entry level hiker/backpacker, or budget minded person assembling their gear but this has been a great piece of equipment over the years that has been used a lot so I thought I would pass my thoughts along on it. I've seen other comments saying they have pulled the grommets out of it, but when I was a young man I pulled the bumper half way off a 1965 Ford pickup too ! Maybe unnecessary force. LOL Free Music Archive: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Evan_Schaeffer/ More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
5 Favorite Backpacking Item Tag
39 Camper tagged me on my top 5 favorite backpack items. If you have any questions or comments about any of these, or the other equipment you've seen me use, please leave a comment below. Also please support 39 Camper and the other great channels I've tagged. Thanks y'all so much for taking the time to watch. I appreciate each and everyone. If you care to see my video on the Gregory Z30 backpack click on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0maX1dpaS4Q 39 Camper https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyN8Bg3BtGY0c4A00TJDejw Texas HIKEaholics https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_IUjytu8nwEb-wLdZftnw SNEAKAROONY https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlqJk_G_aD3843uJcl68Dg Smilin' Don OUTDOORS https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmGurH4BmRT2_OAP5JGa9nw Kentucky Woodsman https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5mhVbuQjGH0VxDmrXQ9mfw Hike With Mike https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOuT52LLez5bpIYsQM5zvw Gregory Z30 backpack Dirty Girl Gators Esbit solid fuel cook set Suunto M3 compass Costco Double Black Diamond quilt
Kings Peak 2
Kings Peak II technical tent is a great affordable 2 person backpacking tent.
Just a quick share on how I approach uphills. Especially the big ones ! Music by; Will Bangs
Ultralight & Ultra Cheap Texport Tent
ENTRY LEVEL BACKPACKERS ; With a few changes, this can be a very cheap alternative to an ultralight tent. Watch till the end for a Give Away.
Lost Maples State Natural Area Overnight Hike
A look at a very scenic part of Texas, in the Texas Hill Country. Lost Maples is home to an ancient stand of Big Tooth Maples that have survived here since the ice age, and during the changing of the leaves, one of the most beautiful places in this part of Texas.
Guadalupe Ridge Trail    Carlsbad, New Mexico  Part 1
To much rain and flooding for the Ouachita Trail in Oklahoma and Arkansas, so here's a last minute backup plan. The Guadalupe Ridge Trail in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Very seldom used trail that runs all the way to the Texas end of the mountains. If you look this trail up it says 8 to 12 miles....Don't believe it ! You can get 38 miles out of this one, "averaging" 6,000 ft.
Personalize Your Equipment Before It's To Late !
I learned the hard way about keeping a name tag in my backpacks. I do it for loss prevention, but it would be good in case of emergencies also. Wish I'd done that a few years ago.
"IS IT WATERPROOF" Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 Backpack
If you saw the review video of my pack, I talked about testing to see if it truly is waterproof. Two days later, and here comes the rain. A great time to check it out with some scientific Bluecollar Backcountry testing. The results were pretty surprising. Thanks for watching Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 Hyperlight review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVj05Ax8W-g Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 Hyperlight https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/murmur-36-hyperlight-backpack
I've had my Motobecane Boris FS NX1 Fatbike for a year now. It's fat and slow just like me. Join me as I get out and play a little, and if I can do it.....YOU SURE AS HECK CAN !!! It's February 15, 2019 as unseasonably warm even for Texas but what a great day to play. Motobecane Boris FS NX1 http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fat-bikes/fat-bikes-borisfs-sram-nx-bluto.htm Nutcase Helmet https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nutcase-Street-Sport-Helmet-Americana-LG-Adult-Bike-Or-Skating-Magnetic-Buckle/323678186068?hash=item4b5cb92a54:g:CfgAAOSw8zNcVjip:rk:26:pf:0
My Trail Company Backpack Light 50L
Kind of a lengthy review, but there's so much to talk about on this 2 lb. 50L frameless backpack. A revamp of the Jam 50 from the Golite days. Demetri Coupounas of Golite has opened My Trail Company and are making available many of the old Golite products with a few improvements, sold directly to us, saving the price of the middle man.
Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 HYPERLIGHT
Take a look at the Gossamer Gear Murmur 36 liter HYPERLIGHT backpack. AT 8.2 ounces without hipbelt, 13.2 ounces with the hip belt, this pack is insanely light and carries a light load unbelievably well. When full, the sit pad and load still places the weight on your hips as you would expect from conventional packs, making a light load even easier to carry. 40 Denier Robic nylon and 70 D Robic nylon are used to build this pack. A very generous mesh front pocket and tall collar means you can carry a fairly large load for such a light pack. 15 lb is the recommended load but can go up to 20 lb. If you know someone into UL or looking for a new pack, please share this with them and as always I appreciate you taking the time to watch. Gossamer Gear Murmer 36 Hyperlight https://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks/products/murmur-36-hyperlight-backpack
McKittrick Ridge   Part One
New Years Eve hike up McKittrick Ridge from the canyon below. A 2,600 ft climb that started out difficult and strenuous until the rain and high winds hit. Then it got exciting ! Not great on a trail that has quite a few precarious portions on the face of the mountain. Obviously I made it ! :-)
2018 Motobecane Boris FS NX1 Unboxing and Assembly
Oh Yeah ! A look at my new FAT BIKE. The Motobecane Boris FS NX1. This is fun in a box !!! I haven't ridden in 6 yrs so I'm really looking forward to this.There is a prompt soon into the video showing how far to jump ahead if you don't want to watch the entire assembly but it may be interesting to those looking at this or any other fat bike from Bikes Direct. I received my bike 5 days after ordering it on line. Let me know what you think and please leave a thumbs up and don't forget....THE BEST THING FOR YOUR INSIDE, IS OUTSIDE ! Smell N Roses REI Co-op Mountain Bike DRT 1.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqoUMkwhMDc&t=10s "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Vintage Kelty/Gerry's Backpack
One of my favorite pieces of gear. My nearly 50 year old Kelty external frame with a surprise add on.
Guadalupe Ridge Trail Part 2
Finishing up my 3 days on the Guadalupe Ridge Trail in New Mexico
LSHT Post Hike Gear Rundown Jan. 2016
An in-depth look at the gear I used on the Lone Star Hiking Trail Music by; Sleep Out Robert Torres
3 Luxury/Comfort Item Tag
I was tagged By Don at Smilin' Don OUTDOORS on this latest tag sweeping YouTube. I had to really think about this, as we all, no matter how long you've been at it, strive to refine our kit. I hope you check out Don and the channels I tag if you're not already subscribed and let them know I recommend them highly. As always, thank you so much for taking the time to watch. Smilin' Don OUTDOORS https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmGurH4BmRT2_OAP5JGa9nw Somewhereonthetrail https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR8SX3muF3NEifNmx0M1D5Q Shutterbug's Adventures https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChlS1idaIihX9hmXHfJAeXA Veliz Outdoors https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCci8dZ047kQQyS3Qy4X37ZA
All outdoors people should give this a try. You will truly be surprised at the taste. If you're hiking or backpacking in pine forests you have a steady supply at hand and it's so easy. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell It is rich in vitamin C (4 to5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in oranges or lemons) and can bring relief to heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue Vitamin C is an immune system booster and can help to fight illness and infections. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats. It brings you clarity and mental clearness. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease. Research shows that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process. Let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. WHO KNEW RIGHT ! WARNING !!! Do not use needles from Yew , Norfolk Island Pine, and Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Hiking In The 70's  Keep on truckin baby !
A fun look back, based off of comments from people seeing my hiking room when I did a video review on the MyTrailCo UL 50 backpack. I've thought about doing this for a long time and now I have the time so I hope you'll watch and enjoy the fun. If it brings back a memory, or gets a smile of chuckle, please SHARE this with others and smash that LIKE button. Thank you all so much ! Without y'all this video will just bounce around in my head only. Bahahaha Vintage photos used under the Fair Use Act In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner.Apr 4, 2013 What Is Fair Use? - Copyright Overview by Rich Stim - Stanford ... https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/
Can You Really Save Weight Going Tubeless On A Fat Bike ?
Aside from the convenience of avoiding flat tires while mountain biking or fat biking, can you really save weight ? Going tubeless certainly has it's advantages like lower air pressure, creating more tread surface on the ground giving you better traction. No pinch flats from the tube literally being pinched when a tire compresses into the rim edge. and a good sealant quickly sealing reasonable size punctures. They can also be plugged on larger holes if caught quickly. "BUT" does it really save weight. The weight savings has been bragged on in mountain bike circles ever since tubeless tires started being used. A fat bike has really large tubes. How much weight can we save going tubeless with these huge tires. The results may surprise a lot of fat bike and mountain bike enthusiasts. My Motobecane has 26" x 4.00 tires and tubes. Let's see what happens. Motobecane Boris FS NX1 www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fat.../fat-bikes-borisfs-sram-nx-bluto.htm Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Tires https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/off-road_tires/jumbo_jim Stans No Tube Sealant https://www.notubes.com/shop/tubeless/sealant Tubeless Valve Stems https://www.ebay.com/itm/1pr-Blue-38mm-Speed-Evolution-Alloy-Tubeless-Valve-Stems-Presta-Removable-Core/251653280836?epid=1931665383&hash=item3a97b45444:g:Hz8AAOSwfcVUH4xj Gorilla Tape https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-2-88-in-x-30-yds-Tough-and-Wide-Tape-60030/202528614
Horsethief Spring Trail in the Ouachita Mountains. In search of The Goatmumbler. Man or Myth ?
A quick loadout getting ready to head to northeast Oklahoma to the Ouachita Mountains and hopefully meet up with the Goatmumbler who has almost a half day head start. Hurry Hurry Hurry Goatmumbler Load Out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO0y0I5I5lo
FIRST TIME REVIEWED ON YouTube. WFS Ultralight Air Mattress w/ pump
I have a $70 Thermarest self inflating, a $155 Exped blow up and many other sleep pads and air mattresses. This World Famous Sports is my new favorite for the past year, and only $39.99 SORRY !!!! The actual inflated size is 74" x 21" http://www.big5sportinggoods.com/store/details/World+Famous+Sports-ultralight-air-mattress-with-built-in-pump/0760121470001/_/A-5008842#.WEizzvkrKUl http://www.gofastandlight.com/Low-Cost-Inflatable-Backpacking-Sleeping-Pad/productinfo/S-W-AIRMAT/
Springer Mountain to Gooch Mountain Shelter
Our oldest daughter Jeni joins me hiking Springer to Gooch Mountain Shelter. The weather started out cold and foggy but cleared on day two and we had a blast and got to meet some really nice people along the way. This video shows day 1 and 2. Day 3 will come later in a 360 degree format, and finish up with Neels Gap and a regular video. Thanks for tuning in and sharing our Appalachian Trail hike. "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Guadalupe Peak "My Special Hike"
I hope y'all join me for a very special hike to the top of Texas. Guadalupe Peak in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park rising up from the Chihuahuan Desert. You can also see my buddy Cameron Hall's videos and wish him Happy Birthday at Cameron's Ultralight Backpacking https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvHhsHekZEJIN04Is40sdRw And wish Roger Lamb Happy Birthday at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChamJyjaWpk0RZJyAk_tWLg Special thanks to park ranger Bryan for the great conversations. We had a lot in common.
INDIAN LODGE in the Davis Mountains State Park
Michelle and I ditched the tent for a chance to stay at the historic Indian Lodge built in the 30's by the Civilian Conservation Corps entirely from local materials. Located in Keesey Canyon at 5,000 ft. of elevation , the lodge was expanded in the mid 60's but we were able to snag reservations in the original section and it was so cool ! I hope you come along on our visit. Thanks for watching.
Balmorhea State Park
Just a quick weekend road trip down to Balmorhea, and Balmorhea State Park in west Texas. Not our normal hiking video, but was still a lot of fun playing in the 15 million gallon a day San Solomon Spring with all the fish. "And" a quick 4 1/2 mi hike at Davis Mountains State Park.
Bush Mountain April 4   5, 2014
Bush Mountain is in the Guadalupe National Park. A wonderful resource for hikers and backpackers with 90 miles of trails, and no roads going through the park. A few equestrian trails, but mostly hikers only. A few of the highest mountains in Texas are here.
Purtis Creek State Park & MyTrail Backpack Light 50
Those of you who saw my review on the My Trail Lt 50 may not be interested in a rehash of it but this is the first time out with this pack , and I'm very impressed. A short overnight and hike at Purtis Creek State Park with a cool find along the trail. Thanks for watching.
Lone Star Hiking Trail
My failed attempt at the 96 mile straight through, or 128 miles with loops included LSHT. The longest wilderness footpath in Texas. I always pack backup water purifying tablets (except this time). I experienced dry conditions, then thunderstorms, heat, and humidity. What a trip !
Swiss Army Upgrade And Cleanup With New Scales
My trusty Victorinox Huntsman gets a much needed cleaning, oiling, and a new set of green scales with an ink pen thrown in for good measure. My SAK is used every day and this was much needed attention for a tool I rely on daily. There are many companies online that offer new scales and replacement parts online. Total cost was $15. My scales were ordered from Sweden off of Ebay. Swiss Army Knife Store swiss-army-knife-store (2129 Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Fat Bikepacking The Lake Mineral Wells Trailway
I can never escape the high winds on a trip, but join me as I ride my fat bike to Lake Mineral Wells State Park in Texas, along the trailway that once was a railroad from the 1890s. It's said in 1899 that 33,000 people rode the train to the town of Mineral Wells to soak up the healing mineral water the town was famous for. After the building of the Baker Hotel it was common place for the rich, dignitaries, politicians, movie stars, and foreign travelers to visit here for the water. The Lake Mineral Wells Trailway is 20 miles long and the reclaimed railroad bed is covered with crushed limestone rock and makes a very easy trail to navigate. Like a Rails To Trail project, this trail is under the Texas Parks and Wildlife. It has water and restrooms at both ends and middle with gentle grades and curves through cattle and farming country. During the winter and colder weather you can pretty much take your pick of campsites in the park which also has hike, bike and equestrian trails. While there is primitive hike in campsites, bikes are not allowed on that trail. Instagram; bluecollar_backcountry Bike equipment I use ; Motobecane Boris FS NX1 fat bike Salsa Anything Cradle, Dry Bag, and Pouch Revelate Designs Feed Bags RockBros Front Frame Bag Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage Blackburn Seat Pack Topeak Trunk Bag MTX DXP w/Panniers Topeak Mountain Morph Pump Race Face Chester Pedals Ergon GP2 Grips Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Tires Cygolite Hotshot Strobe Tail Light
Bell Mountain Wilderness
Bell Mountain Wilderness is in the Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri. I've hung on to an article about this trail for two years, waiting for a chance to backpack here and after one of my sisters weddings in St. Louis I got my chance. It was worth the wait. It's a beautiful trail I highly recommend if you're ever in that area. The trail is 11.9 mile long but the rocky uphill makes it seem a little longer but nice mostly dirt tread trail on top with beautiful views in an oak and hickory forest.
Bikepacking in Chama, New Mexico & Southern Colorado
The last time I tried bikepacking was 2011 in Big Bend State Park. This trip I decided to go to one of my favorite places. Chama, New Mexico. It's always been the gateway to my backpacking trips over the last 30 years in southern Colorado in the Rio Grande National Forest and that section of the Continental Divide Trail. My first time being away from Michelle since her 3rd and final operation for cancer last December. She's doing awesome by the way. I know this isn't my normal backpacking/hiking type of video but I hope you'll enjoy a great adventure. Thanks for watching. Motobecane Boris FS NX1 fat bike Salsa Anything Cradle, Dry Bag, and Pouch Topeak MTX bag & panniers Blackburn Outpost Cargo Cage Rock Bros top tube bag Blackburn seat bag Zoom suspension seat post Pivot 740mm aluminum bars & 80mm stem Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26 x 4.00 tires Ergon GP2 grips Zpacks Duplex tent Thermarest NeoAir Enlightened Equipment Enigma
"Fail" of the Revelate Designs Terrapin Seat Pack System
I purchased the Terrapin 14L Seat Pack System to try on my mountain bike for a 300 mile trip coming up. Being a full suspension bike it seemed like the perfect option. On my first shakedown ride with a light to moderate load things went wrong quickly. I hope to get a replacement ASAP so I can still test this bag to see if it truly will hold up. The last thing I want to do is get a hundred miles from home and have this happen again. Revelate Designs does make a good product and I'm hoping this was just a one time thing. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more about this ride I'm preparing for. Don't forget THE BEST THING FOR YOUR INSIDE IS OUTSIDE !
Horsethief Springs Part 2
Final day on the trail and rain and bushwacking is the theme of the day. But it was still a lot of fun. "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Simplest Hammock Hang Ever
I don't always use a hammock, but when I do, this is the way to go ! My Byer of Maine Moskito Kakoon weighs in at 25.25 oz. "with the straps included". (and the built in no-seeum bug net) Watch for a review on it later.
Cast Iron Wednesday and Tomato Gravy
I remember as a young child my Grandmothers on both sides of my family were the best southern cooks. One of my favorite meals was breakfast with hot biscuits and tomato gravy. I'm going to cook up a dutch oven full of biscuits and a skillet full of good ol tomato gravy and I hope you enjoy. You'll see that I use metal utensils while cooking in our cast iron, AND tomatoes (acidic) !!!!!! But don't worry. Our cast is seasoned very well and it will not hurt any of it. Thanks for watching.
Continental Divide Trail at Cumbres Pass in Colorado. Aug. 2015
Short hike on CDT and Conejos Valley. The CDT crosses Hwy 17 at Cumbres Pass where the train crosses on it's trip between Chama, NM. and Antonito, Co.
Fort Richardson State Park
A look at the old Fort Richardson near Jacksboro, Texas, and some of the buildings still there. Almost everything in the hospital is original and the surrounding trail is surprising.
Winding Stair Mountain   November 2014
An old home video from before my YouTube channel, in Eastern Oklahoma in the Ouachita Mountains near Talamina, Ok.
Horsethief Springs Trail in search of TheGoatmumbler  Man or Myth
Join me for a very last minute 4 1/2 hour trip to the Ouachita Mountains as I attempt to catch up with The Goat Mumbler who is already up there with his dog Tater and Mr. Bill OOHHH NO ! The Goat Mumbler https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTv5VFZjR0wxvbM4FanhxKg "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
Finishing the Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 1
Returning To Finish The Lone Star Hiking Trail Day 1 Jan. 9, 2016
Outdoor Products Dry Bag Review
A review and Bluecollar testing of Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sacks with a little help from Johnny. They come 3 to a package 10.6 L 4.1 L 2.1 L The quality is pretty surprising For a set that costs $9.98 "Music by Evan Schaeffer https://soundcloud.com/evanschaeffer." "Music More details at http://www.EvanSchaefferMusic.com
McKittrick Ridge Part Two
What a difference a day makes when you're backpacking. Started out really windy at over 7,700 ft. but subsided soon after descending the mountain a ways, and lots of sunshine. What a great vista filled trail in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Four C Hiking Trail      June 2015
20 mile trail in the Davy Crockett National Forest
Cleburne State Park Day Hike Nov 2015
A great fall hike with a cold front moving in.
Washing My Goose Down Golite Z10 Sleeping Bag
Today I'm giving my trusty Golite Z10 Sleeping bag (850 fill) a much deserved cleaning. After years of use, sweat, oils from your skin, dust and dirt eventually affect your downs ability to loft properly and keep you warm to it's original ability/rating. It's a little nerve wracking because if something goes wrong, this bag cannot be replaced since Golite is no longer in business. MyTrail ( also Demetri Coupounas of Golite) does not sell sleeping bags. This is the best bag I have ever owned. I have the Enlightened Equipment Enigma quilt which is great, but for the really cold nights my Z10 delivers a toasty warm sleep every time. I'm sure some have washed their down in regular detergent but that will strip your down of their natural oils that protect the feathers. I chose NIKWAX to clean and treat my bag. I hope this helps if your down is ready to be cleaned and restored to it's full loft. Cold weather is on the way. Let's get ready for it because THE BEST THING FOR YOUR INSIDE IS OUTSIDE ! NIKWAX at REI where I got mine using dividends https://www.rei.com/product/890310/nikwax-down-wash-direct Although it's not available anymore, here is a description of my bag in Backpacker Magazine from 2013 https://www.backpacker.com/gear/golite-men-s-z10-three-season-sleeping-bag