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Teaser: Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent

By Andrew Skurka / May 10, 2016 /

In August 2014 I drew the first sketches of the Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL Tent. In the ensuing 18 months, we made up four prototypes, and I tested the design extensively in southern Utah and the Rockies. In designing the High Route Tent, I wanted a single shelter that I could use on all of my solo…

Tips for quality sleep in the backcountry || SD LIVE (May 12, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / June 4, 2015 /

SD Live: Sleeping Comfortably in the Backcountry from Sierra Designs on Vimeo. In our May episode of SD LIVE, Sierra Designs Brand Manager Michael Glavin and I shared our tips for getting quality sleep in the backcountry. This topic should be of great interest — I know many backpackers, especially first-timers and beginners, struggle to…

Types of backpacking shelters: pros & cons || SD LIVE (Feb 19, 2015)

By Andrew Skurka / March 2, 2015 /

In last month’s SD LIVE event, I discussed the pros and cons of common backpacking shelters — specifically double-wall tents, single-wall tents, tarp systems, bivy sacks, and hammocks. My presentation was a relatively unbiased assessment of the available options, and also intentionally brand- and product-neutral. While I definitely prefer some shelter types over others (refer to my…

Hammock Camping Part III: Helpful tips and resources for a virgin hammock camper

By Alan Dixon / December 10, 2012 /

Short-term, low-risk outings are ideal for discovering the optimal applications for and extreme limitations of gear, supplies, and skills. If the test succeeds, the lessons can be integrated into longer and riskier itineraries; if the test fails, at least the misery was short-lived and non-consequential. This past year I used such opportunities — specifically my intro-level…

Hammock Camping – Part II: Types of backpacking hammocks, and spec comparison to ground systems

By Alan Dixon / December 7, 2012 /

Short-term, low-risk outings are ideal for discovering the optimal applications for and extreme limitations of gear, supplies, and skills. If the test succeeds, the lessons can be integrated into longer and riskier itineraries; if the test fails, at least the misery was short-lived and non-consequential. This past year I used such opportunities — specifically my intro-level…

Hammock Camping Part I: Advantages & disadvantages versus ground systems

By Alan Dixon / December 5, 2012 /

Short-term, low-risk outings are ideal for discovering the optimal applications for and extreme limitations of gear, supplies, and skills. If the test succeeds, the lessons can be integrated into longer and riskier itineraries; if the test fails, at least the misery was short-lived and non-consequential. This past year I used such opportunities — specifically my…