the '10 essentials'
It's no secret to anyone that knows me or maybe even to those who've read my books that I'm an avid lover and overall enthusiast of the outdoors. I've spent a great deal of time over the years camping, hiking, and backpacking, and I have a certain affinity for the latter of those three activities.
While I do not consider myself an expert by any means, I have learned what gear works and doesn't work over the years by means of trial and error. Getting older has taught me what my body prefers: lightweight, functional, long-lasting gear that does what it's supposed to do. So, as opposed to offering a list of items based on an "expert's recommendation," here's a gear list according to what I use and prefer.
Anything not listed or covered here is something for which I haven't gained a preference, or believe one brand is better than another.