A journalist specializing in outdoor recreation, Lou has covered product design innovations, participation trends and environmentally sustainable manufacturing for over 20 years. On the other hand, he’s had some less than successful outdoor adventures: once, completely spent after a hard day on the trail, he managed to set a vintage MSR Whisperlite stove ablaze before accidentally kicking the burning contraption into a lake. A published author, his book about invasive fish threatening the Great Lakes watershed will be published in 2021. craftedwords.com
Our selection of the very best 3-season sleeping bags are perfect for cozy camps throughout the main hiking season and the shoulder seasons
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Our selection of the best hiking backpacks for your hiking and wild camping adventures, no matter how big or small
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