Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

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.

Don't Underestimate the Humble $12 Tarp

When camping in the PNW, I regularly woke up with wet everything. Until I made the $12 investment in a blue 10-by-12-foot Stansport reinforced multipurpose tarp.

How to Tell When to Retire That Rain Shell

I tend to get sentimental about my gear. But inevitably the point will come when it’s time to send a favorite jacket or running shoe to the great gear shed in the sky.

An Ode to Camp Chef's Rainier Camp Stove

Over my several years dirtbagging my way around the country, I’d earned my Ph.D. in the art of making a meal taste delicious. But to be fair, I was cooking with the Camp Chef Rainier Camper's Combo...

Gear to Get Your S.O. Hooked on Hiking

Introduce your partner to camping right and you’ll be able to enjoy it together. But getting too gung-ho could have them storming back to the trailhead swearing off hiking entirely—or worse, you...

Why I Still Love the Original NRS Bill's Drybag

I got my first Bill's Bag nearly three decades after it first came to market, and the design has remained largely unchanged from NRS founder Bill Parks' first prototypes—for good reason.

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