Back in my Boy Scout days, we learned how to dress and pack comfortably for the outdoors, start a fire and how to survive using just a compass and a sleeping bag. We’ve come a long way since then and if you plan to roam the wilderness you may want to look at these advanced products to make your trip smoother.
Lighting a fire used to take forever once we found dry kindling wood, leaves and two sticks. Now it can be done in a matter minutes with a push of a button on the BioLite CampStove and USB charger. This small, portable device is light enough to carry in a backpack. It uses a patent-pending thermoelectric technology that converts heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Extra electricity can be used to charge small electronics like mobile phones and LED lights—and an accessory grill attachment can be added to cook your favorite foods. biolitestove.com
Garmin Rino GPS + Radio
Navigating with a compass is so 1970s. A GPS unit is a must-have when camping and hiking but the Garmin Rino 655t is so much more. It also has a FRS/GMRS radio, 2.6 inch color touch screen with preloaded maps, barometric altimeter, 3-axis electronic compass, NOAA weather radio and 5-megapixel camera. Free software can also let you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes and tracks. sites.garmin.com/rino
Nepal EVO GTX Boots
Winter might be over in Texas but if you are looking for a pair of boots that will protect you in the coldest temperatures around the world, the Nepal EVO GTX is one ice-crushing monster that’s designed for the most hardcore of mountaineers. These super-light-weight stompers have seam-sealed Gore-Tex Duratherm liners to keep your feet warm and dry, plus snow gaiters to keep stuff from sneaking in through the top. A 3D flex system at the ankle stabilizes your feet while a roller lacing system and locking D-rings allow for effortless on and off even while wearing gloves. When your feet are the most important thing to protect when hiking, you should spare no expense. sportiva.com