Author Archives: McLovin

About McLovin

Author: MCLOVIN. Age: 41. Disposition: Gimpy. Resident: Itinerary Obsessive. Ancestry: Dutch. Politically: Left/Side. Nutshell: Magellan, P.I. Philosophy: Kali Ma!

Monkey Pillow Handcrafted Backpacking Pillow Case Review

Let’s face it: it can be tough getting a good night’s sleep in the backcountry. Despite the fact that I generally hike long days, averaging upwards of 20 miles with several thousand feet of vertical climb and descent, even the … Continue reading

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LoopAlien Rapid Cord Attachment Kickstarter Project

Having recently helped back BackpackingLight’s Kickstarter Packrafting video series project (more to generally support BPL than from any personal experience or serious interest in packrafting) I’ve found myself perusing Kickstarter for other things of interest. The Bosavi headlamp that Ploss reviewed … Continue reading

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Rab Summit Superlite Bivi Review

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The previous iteration of the Rab Latok Ultra bivi, this eVENT mountaineering shelter purports 4 season comfort as a single wall, ~3 lb. “two person” tent. Er bivi. Bivvy. Bivy? Before UK mountaineering manufacturer Rab introduced the Latok Ultra bivi … Continue reading

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Indoor Plumbing™

How a simple pee bottle eliminated my most bitter winter elimination complaint The following is a simply a Public Service Announcement from me to you, as the lone author of this blog who consistently and happily relieves his bladder in … Continue reading

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Vasque Snow Junkie UltraDry™ Winter Boot Review

Will these lightweight, insulated waterproof snow boots live up to the hype? Disclaimer #1: I am an unapologetic, absurdly dedicated Vasque Fanboy. With high arches and narrow feet, as an ultralight backpacker I hike almost exclusively in trail runners, year-round. … Continue reading

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Backpacking: It’s Not Just For Backpacking Anymore

My man Kevin Durant clearly understands the concept of Ready:Hike better than most, and the erstwhile Sonic is definitely looking Seattle, if feeling Oklahoma: Kevin’s posture suggests that he may need to adjust his load and pack his postgame meal … Continue reading

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