Joe Jackson

Author's Bio

Joe Jackson (@josiewhaler), Outside online's Gear Guy, never thought that the ten years he spent as a raft guide, outdoor retail employee, and vagabond would turn into a career.

Is the Price of Down Set to Skyrocket?

Should I buy that new down jacket sooner rather than later? I keep hearing rumors that clothing prices are set to jump. Is there any truth to the chatter?

How to Start a Fire

Avoid a few classic mistakes with this guide to fire starting

How to Get Your Expedition Funded

The best expeditions are the result of people succeeding at grand schemes they were told were impossible. While the end goal has an important space in dreams, pretty much every expedition has one...

Game Changers: Quantum Leaps in Outdoor Gear

It doesn't happen often, but occasionally a technological innovation completely revolutionizes how we enjoy the outdoors. We collected 11 of these game-changing gear items, complete with vintage...

How Can I Protect My DSLR?

Bringing my pricey DSLR out on adventures scares me. But that's why I bought it. How can I can keep my camera gear safe?

Gear That Will Save Your Life

The outdoors can be a dangerous place if you go unprepared. But these eight gear essentials will help you make it home alive—even if everything else goes wrong.