My First Product: Trekking Pole Holder

I present to you my first product, a trekking pole holder. I bet you can presume its purpose. Below is a link to grab one.

I’ve stared working on a website that is not Etsy for purchasing and viewing my products as well but that’s still a work in progress.

My Gear Rest Trekking Pole Holders give a convenient place to store your trekking poles when you’re not on the trail. Display your gear when you’re not out hiking in a gear rest today!
The trekking pole holders are manufactured in my garage lovingly by my CNC robot out of Poplar wood and then stained dark. If you need customization let me know and I can work with you.

This was a product that I’ve been working on for some time off and on. I recently made my first sale and I’m very excited about that. Below I’ve posted a few iterations that the project has gone through. Which design is your favorite?

I ended up with the middle design after a survey with friends and family. The dark finish also came out on top.

Pick one up if you think they’re neat:

2024 A Year of Water and Ponies.

It’s hard to imagine being out on the water as I write this in the heart of a winter cold snap on the plains. Currently it is -10 out with a ‘feels like’ temperature of -40 degrees Fahrenheit, couple that with a few recent snow storms and it is brutal out. But here I am dreaming of kayaking, canoeing and warm weather.

Due to various reasons I did not get the kayak out once in 2023 and I vow to change that this year. I don’t know if I have it in me to make it to one of the major kayak races or a large multi day adventure though. But I can still make it out to the local rivers and streams this year.

Next up we are planning a backpacking trip to see the wild ponies in the Grayson Highlands in May. This looks like a beautiful trail that should be an amazing experience.

Super Sierra High Route

High routes look like a beautiful way to take in epic scenery while avoiding the crowds. The only problem is that it comes with a much higher level of difficulty and challenge than I would probably be inclined to do.

Here is a well documented journey from Dan Stenziao on the Sierra High Route through Yosemite.

Type two fun all the way up and down.

Weekend Watch 11-29-19

Continuing with the JMT trend for the month of November, I bring you this one:

Hiking Nerd – John Muir Trail – A 13 Day Documentary

It’s a high snow year in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Two brothers, Jimmy & Michael, attempt the entire length of the John Muir Trail starting from Whitney Portal and ending in Happy Isles Yosemite Valley. How will they fare?

Weekend Watch 11-22-19

The Golden Ticket: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

From the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley to the windswept summit of Mt. Whitney is America’s premier middle distance hiking trail. Come along with us as we backpack the 221 mile John Muir Trail, including the most famous hike in Yosemite, the Cables Route on Half Dome. Filmed on location during the summer of 2016.

A Hikers Guide to Reddit

This post is from 11-10-19 for the most recent version, please visit the Resource Page

Reddit has become a great place to communicate in the hiking world. There have been many Subreddits dedicated to hiking and adventure. I hope to keep a running list of the relevant Subreddits here.

Activity Based

Gear Based

National Parks

Specific Trails and Places

Vehicle Based Adventure