Hardtack Honors


In my quest to tackle as many mountain tops as possible I’ve come across a few products that have impressed me, whether it be on the trail or afterward.  If its listed here, I’ve researched it, used it and liked it a lot.  Happy Trails.



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White Mountain Guide Online

I discovered the White Mountain Online Guide while planning my first Presidential Traverse.  There are many cool features, but I most like the tool that allows you to create custom, detailed, printable hiking itineraries.   On our 3 day hut to hut hike in August 2012, it was helpful knowing estimated times between locations and elevation gains and losses.


Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bars

I enjoy most Kashi products, but on the trail these bars with whole flaxseeds and roasted pumpkin seeds are my favorite.  Contains 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 300 milligram of omega-3.


ACANA Grasslands Regional Grain-Free Formula Dry Dog Food

Expensive!  But, I think a healthy dog is worth the cost and the Red Headed Stranger enjoys.  The Canadian based company focuses on local ingredients that are sustainably raised and delivered fresh.   Their dog food is preservative free too.   They have many product lines, but here is a breakdown of the ingredients in Grasslands.

From the Acana website.

  • Alberta Lamb – ranch-raised and delivered fresh from local Alberta ranches
  • Wild-Caught Fish – northern Walleye  locally caught and delivered fresh
  • Free-run Duck – Canadian duck are raised free-run and delivered fresh each day
  • Grade A Eggs – delivered fresh and whole each day from local prairie farms

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Better Oats

The Dr. Oz endorsed breakfast oats are made  with 100% whole grains, flax seeds, antioxidant vitamins A and E, and real fruit.  And, they are darn good too.


ABS Diet Cookbooks

I swear by Abs Diet cookbooks.  The recipes are super healthy, simple, and very good.  I love their breakfast and dinner options.  The Abs Diet Burger featuring spinach, oatmeal, and sirloin is incredible.  Other favorites include The Pesto Resistance, I Knew it Was You Alfredo, and Chili Mac with Jack.


REI Flash 18 Day Pack

The Flash Pack is simple, light, and perfect for day hikes.    I’ve used mine hundreds of times in all kinds of conditions and it has held up wonderfully.   I’ve even used it with a 3 liter Platypus hydration system on hot days.    And, it packs down small enough to stick in your multiday pack if you chooses to go on a quick excursion from base camp.  Another bonus, it only costs $35.

Ruffwear Singletrak Pack

I take my dog on most hikes.  For the longest time I carried her water, bowl, and food in my pack.  This all changed with the Ruffwear Singletrak Pack.  Dog expert, Cesar Milan is a big believer in dogs carrying their gear as it fulfills their desire and need to work.  I chose the Singletrak because most of my excursions are day hikes and carrying water is my primary concern.  The Singletrak has two half liter platylus bladders that sit snug on each side of the dog.  I really like that I do not have to take my pack off to get my dog water.  The pack is well made too.  My only issue was getting the fitting correct, as I needed to call Ruffwear for assistance.  I clearly was not the first that had difficulties as they emailed immediately me a pdf with directions how to adjust the size.  Their customer service was top notch.


Better Kindle Wi-Fi 6” display

Their least expensive model ($69) and their lightest.  Pefect for a backpacking trip with it’s low weight (under 6 oz) and with the reasonable price, it’s not the end of the world if it breaks.   dog collar

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Mendota DuraSoft Orange Hunt Dog Center-Ring Dog Collar

This is a great collar for the price.  Despite a price tag under $14 it is well made and very durable.  I especially like that you can customize a name plate that is directly on the collar. The center ring is a nice feature because it allows you dog to get out of their collar if they ever become hung up in the field.  I choose orange because my dog is often off leash in the woods.  If you hike where people may hunt, orange is a smart and practical choice!  I’m a big fan of Gun Dog Supply.  Their products almost always ship the same day as the order.

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