The best-selling author of five Colorado mountain hiking guidebooks, including Best Summit Hikes in Colorado, James’ work has been published in National Geographic, Backpacker, Outside, Discover Magazine, and many more. He's climbed in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Japan, and Antarctica. James lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Sheila and their two rescue collies, Mystic and Fremont. As of 2021, he's only had one of his tents trampled by a moose.
The best daypacks carry everything you need for awesome adventures – without weighing you down like an expedition pack
The North Face's auto-equalizing Dyno Lift System gives the North Face Women's Hydra 26 Daypack an edge when it comes to stabilization and comfort, all in a lightweight and durable package
An excellent summit pack, the Mountainsmith Scream 25 channels the best features of full-size daypacks into a top-notch, ultralight design
A lightweight, durable daypack, the Mammut Ducan 24 has the best engineered shoulder straps in the business and superior heat venting
An extremely capable all-around pack, the Deuter Futura 30 combines excellent fit with solid, functional design
The CamelBak Fourteener 26 Hydration Pack takes risks to challenge conventional daypack design – and succeeds
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