Sponsors

Gossamer Gear- People always ask me what pack I use? The answer is easy a Gossamer Gear Kumo. This Austin, TX Based company makes some great Ultra Light gear that is afforable and holds up well in the feild.  I have used their products for the past 7 years and absolutely love their high quality light weight gear. Visit them at http://gossamergear.com/

 Performance Dog Gear- These folks in Bend, OR make the best dog gear out there, period!  We use everything from their jackets and packs, to their booties and toys.  This gear is well made and enginereed to help your dog get out there with you.  Visit them at http://www.ruffwear.com/

TurboPUP- is new on the scene, they make the most compact, lightweight, and easy to use dog food for the backcountry.  These new bars take up less space in a pack and provide enough nutrtion to keep your pup on the go no matter how many miles you might be hiking.  Visit them at http://www.turbopup.com/

Sawyer Products-Recently I was asked to join the Sawyer ambassador program.  Not only do they make incredible products like; bug spray that doesn't destroy your gear, great sunblock, and the best water filters I have ever used the also support clean water around the world.  Check them out at www.sawyer.com

Purple Rain Adventure Skirts-I have been hiking in skirts for years, yes that's right this big grizzly dude loves a breeze up the skirt as he hikes.  Not only are they more airy they also allow for natural movement.  My friend Mandy makes these right here in Portland, OR, they are well designed and have great pockets for keeping your sun block, map and compass handy.  You can buy them at www.etsy.com/shop/PurpleRainSkirts

Toaks Outdoors- Like light weight titanium gear? Like a stove with no moving parts to break or fail while in the field?  Then check out Toaks, not only is there stuff well made, it's wicked light and affordable, even for the dirt bag hiker looking to balance weight, durability and Cost.  I have been testing their new alcohol stove for the past few months and it rocks! www.toaksoutdoor.com

BarkerBag-For years I have struggled with the best way to keep the dog warm at night, both Erwin and Karluk have slept in my sleeping bag or quilt with me. Then came Barker Bags these ingenious bags zip into your bag giving your pup it's own space and you the added warmth for those "3 dog nights" out on trail.  www.barkergear.com

Mont-bell In 1996 while hiking the AT I met a man with gear smaller and lighter than anyone else on trail, the hiker 'Cloud Walker' had worked ion Japan where he discovered gear made by Mont-bell.  Since then I have used their gear on trail as I feel it holds the 3 keys to good backpacking gear; high quality, light weight, and a good value.  I am honored to be one of their team and more excited to have one of their stores in Portland, OR

As a small, locally-owned & operated business, UGo Bars, LLC believes that all food should be FRESH and NOURISHING. Food effects your energy, mood, and even your role within the community. Just because you lead a busy life, don’t sacrifice your healthy and delicious snacking options. Today, will you help support your community; will you fuel yourself fully for adventure?

 

Everyday, UGo Bars challenges you to ask yourself, “Where Will UGo Today?”

 

UGo Bars, LLC prioritizes all-natural, preservative-free freshness in all our products. We handcraft everything in small batches. Each UGo bar has a 3-month shelf life to ensure premium quality and maximum nutrition benefits. Other bars have close to a 12 month+ shelf life.

Roam the Earth. Eat Chocolate.

Fresh air breathes fresh ideas. In 2009, Pete Truby, founder of Salazon Chocolate Co, was backpacking through Utah when the idea for an energy-rich salted chocolate bar came to him. After visiting small organic cacao farms in the Dominican Republic and perfecting the recipe, he launched Salazon Chocolate Co., the first salted chocolate.

 

Our Dominican Republic, single-origin organic dark chocolate is made with fermented and sun-dried Hispaniola cacao beans. Every bar is hand-sprinkled with natural, solar-evaporated sea salt.

 

Salazon Chocolate is proud to support the National Scenic Trails with its Trail Series. At least 2% of gross sales of these bars goes to support the Triple Crown of National Scenic Trails.

Point6 Socks is a Steam Boat Springs, CO based merino wool sock manufacturer, who makes some of the finest socks on the market.  Backed by a lifteime warranty these 100% merino wool socks will keep your feet warm in the cold and breathe well on a hot day.

Leki makes some of the best hiking poles out there, I have carried their poles ever since my first thru-hike of the AT  back in 1996.  Today they offer a variety of poles for hiking, skiing, trekking or whatever you like to do on two legs.

Friends Of Allgood's and Karluk

All of these links below are either friends who share a similar passion for the outdoors or are organizations I believe in.  I hope you'll visit these folks and let them know Allgood and Karluk sent you.

The Hiking Life-My good friend Cam "Swami" Honan is the preeminent long distance hiker in the world.  his blog is great mix of advice, tips, musings and tales from the trail like no other. www.thehikinglife.com

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas-is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking and has backpacked over 10,000 miles across the United States on long distance hiking trails.  Plus she is like my adopted kid sister, and has a great blog you should check out. www.eathomas.com

ALDHA-West The American Long Distance Hikers Association-WEST.  I am a Board Member at large for this long distance hiking organization.  ALDHA-West promotes long distance hiking on the US National scenic trails and other trails around the world. Their annual Gathering is a great way to meet the who's who of the long distance hiking world and celebrate those who have earned their triple crown.  Visit them at http://www.aldhawest.org/

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition-is a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit membership organization founded by a group of citizens passionate about the CDNST and working to building a strong community of supporters and Trail Enthusiasts who want to see the Trail completed and protected. http://www.continentaldividetrail.org/

Friends of Schotchman Peaks Wilderness- This organization is working to desginate the Scotchman Peaks in ID & MT as a National Wilderness Area.  I love wildereness areas, no motors, bikes, etc...best part is your dog is allowed in wilderness areas so we tend to spend our time hiking in these areas more than any, Visit thier site and support their mission.  http://www.scotchmanpeaks.org/

The Walking Nomad-This is my friend Noel McHugh(Nollaig MacAodha) website about his hiking with dogs in Ireland.  Another lover of the four legged companion.  His website keeps you up to date on the other side of the globe dog hiking adventures.  Visit him at http://thewalkingnomad.webs.com/

One Pan Wonders-Tired of eating the same old trail food.  Visit Diecntra's site and learn all about going gourmet in the backcountry.  Here books are great resources for helping you make your own delicous dehydrated food. Vist them at http://www.onepanwonders.com/

Resources 

Portland Hikers-This is a great webiste to look up recent trip reports and get an idea of local trail conditions.  Their searchable field guide is great for figuiring where to take that next hike, it provides you with maps, directions, trail descriptions, etc... Visit them at http://www.portlandhikers.org/ 

Back Packing Light-I have been a memebr of this site for 5 years, their in depth peer articles and gear reviews are great for helping you go lighter in your backpacking endeavors.  Visit them at http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/index.html