Gear

Confession:  I used to think that trekking poles were for old people.  I incorrectly assumed that the only reason that people needed poles for hiking was to compensate for their lack of fitness and ability.  I thought of them as, "crutches for the weak".  I saw myself as the ideal specimen of hiker:  the speed of a gazelle, with the stability and surefootedness of a mountain goat - surely I didn't need the help of overpriced carbon-fiber sticks. I was wrong. So, so wrong. My very first backpacking...

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” — Coco Chanel Let me preface this post by saying that I wear a uniform for a living.  For the past 12+ years of my life, I have worn the same thing to work everyday.  This is perfect for me because it is simple and predictable.  The side-effect of having such a low maintenance work routine is that I have become literally incapable of picking out fashionable outfits in my non-work time.  Cleverly, I have solved this...