Outdoor Gear Recommendations

Here's a partial list of camping gear (mostly essential) for backpacking and has worked for me over the years in Alaska. See my footwear recommendations for boots and accessories.


My first choice for backpacking due to lightweight and low profile.

What I like about the Terra Hiker -
-Comes with an intregal fuel hose so it's lower profile than the pocket rocket.
-Performs better than the pocket rocket in windy conditions due lower profile
-Piezo Ignition
-Low cost

Another good lightweight stove.

Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition (2pack)

Here's a great deal - stove and cookwear!


If you need a warm sleeping bag (10 degree) for backpacking like I do in Alaska, this is the warmest sleeping bag for the weight (about 2 lbs) that I have found.  I search high and low before I bought this and have found this bag is worth every penny when it's cold.

Western Mountaineering 10 Degree Versalite Sleeping Bag Moss Green 6FT 6IN / Left Zip


The Mini Sawyer is very lightweight, rated up to 100,000 gallons, and highly rated.

A very light weight pack that makes a great day pack.

HIKING POLES - I love these poles because they are light weight and easy to adjust.

I find headlamps very useful on and off the trail. I have used this headlamp for years and found it to be the most reliable.

I prefer a visor to a hat on a sunny day. Th larger bill keeps the sun out of my eyes and affords more protection from the sun.

Yootech Wireless Charger Qi-Certified 7.5W Wireless Charging Compatible with iPhone Xs MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus,10W Compatible Galaxy Note 9/S9/S9 Plus/Note 8/S8,5W All Qi-Enabled Phones(No AC Adapter)