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.

How to Keep Your Camp Kitchen Clean

To glean a few pointers on keeping a camp kitchen spick-and-span, I spoke with Marco Johnson, who's been teaching wilderness skills and first aid as the field staffing director at the National...

Why Everyone Should Own at Least One Roll-A-Table

As the name suggests, the Roll-A-Table is a camp table that packs down to a 32-by-5-inch burrito. The aluminum legs fold down, and then you roll the slatted PVC top around the legs. This tidy little...

Gear to Help New Dads Get Their Babies Outside

As a dad-to-be, I worry about how I'm going to get outside with a new baby. Luckily, I'm surrounded by other dads at Outside and in my local community who've figured it out. Here's the gear that...

10 Tips for How to Organize Your Garage

I'm about to be a dad. Two months and counting. In addition to getting the baby's room ready, I've taken on the task of organizing my garage. Call it my form of nesting. This task is not a small one...

It's Time You Bought a Sleeping Bag Liner

Before you head out to camp this fall, you'll need to make some gear adjustments. Make sure to pack a puffy jacket, and you should also consider the Yala Original Opening Dreamsacks sleeping bag...

Why the Sparkr Is an Essential Piece of Camping Gear

When I first got my hands on the Sparkr flashlight, lantern, and plasma lighter, which uses an electric arc instead of flame to create fire, I thought it was a total gimmick. Yet another wannabe...

Why the Patagonia Crosstrek Is the Perfect Midlayer

In addition to writing the Gear Guy Column for Outside Online, I'm the main midlayer tester for the annual Winter Buyer's Guide. I’ve been testing for five years now and have probably worn or...

The World Is Getting Hotter. You Need a Sun Shirt.

The Pacific Northwest, where I live, has had an exceptionally warm and dry summer, which is why there are so many enormous forest fires raging up here. I’d like things to go back to the wetter,...

Why I Love the Humble Cam Strap

One of my most trusted and well-used pieces of gear is actually something I stole. About 15 years ago, I swiped a series of cam straps from the rafting company I was working for (sorry, Adventure...

Why You Should Always Carry a Keychain Multitool

New powder skis are sexy. Keychain multitools? Not so much. But think about this: You might use your powder skis a dozen times a year, if you’re lucky, but you'll probably use your keychain tool...

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