North Face Basecamp Duffle

BACKGROUND: For our latest adventure, My wife and I traveled across the globe to New Zealand. With a varied itinerary, from tramping to mtn biking to simply being tourists, we were a bit uncertain on how best to pack. In addition to our wish list of activities, the reality of international travel, with multiple airport layovers and transfers, was challenging us to pack light. For us, it made the most sense to find a piece of luggage that was as versatile as our itinerary. We shied away from bringing our big backpacks because we considered them a bit singular in purpose as well as simply too large. Read More...

Overland into Cambodia. Part III

The next part I remember very well. From the dingy sticky office we were led across the dusty expanse to an older pick-up truck, extended cab, relatively tidy, but small. Green I remember. The uniformed gentleman that had seen us through the border, through the visa check and now to the truck handed us over to another cambodian man, the driver. Truck doors were opened and everyone was expected to pack in. It got crowded inside quick. I back pedaled a bit and let the others take their turn. Chris and I were reluctant. I preferred the open air truck bed instead. Jim, the englishman, saw what we saw and joined us. The Italian man as well. Sitting on our packs, we scrunched ourselves against the side. Read More...