The White Monkey Talks Gear: Cooking Systems

Aug 13, 2012 by

In watching new backpackers, I always notice they bring too much “stuff.” A good rule of thumb is take out half of...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Pillows

Aug 6, 2012 by

Sometimes, small creature comforts are important, especially when you’re new to backpacking. One of those is a pillow. And no,...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Chairs

Jul 30, 2012 by

Let’s address the monkey in the room right off the bat. How does one even consider taking a chair backpacking? Isn’t the...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Stoves, Part 2

Jul 23, 2012 by

Last week I talked about one of the best backpacking stoves around, especially for scouts. In terms of weight, ease of use and flame...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Stoves

Jul 16, 2012 by

Watch any old Western movie and you’ll see the cowpokes sitting around a fire, slowing turning a spit with some part of a cow on...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Sleeping Pads

Jul 10, 2012 by

Everyone who’s not into backpacking, or even those just getting started, think sleeping pads are solely for comfort. That would...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Tents

Jul 1, 2012 by

You’ve hiked all day. Every part of your body is, well, tired. Dusk is approaching and it’s time to set up camp for the...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear: Sleeping Bags

Jun 25, 2012 by

Sleeping bags are like cars – they come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. And if you priced some of the higher-end...

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The White Monkey Talks Gear

Jun 18, 2012 by

The Writer and I hike together. Most of the time the SONS of Thunder are with us. Occasionally, it’s just the two of us. When he...

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The Monkey On Your Back

Jun 5, 2012 by

Sometimes you have to just flip the dog and carry a monkey on your back. Intentionally. Hang with me here. He is a very special...

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What Can Your Monkey Do?

Jun 7, 2011 by

My constant hiking companion, other than the Sons of Thunder, is White Monkey. He usually rides on my back – yes, I get it. But...

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