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.

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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...

How to Rid Your Gear of Funky Smells

After working as a raft guide for more than a decade and dirtbagging out of my truck for a few years, I consider myself an expert at keeping gear stink-free. (OK, maybe just smelling not quite as bad...

Pro Tips for Packing Your Camp Kitchen

I picked the brains of three rafting company owners that offer riverside dining for their guests about how to set up a camping kitchen that’ll help elevate your fare above boiled quinoa and some Clif...

How to Properly Dry Your Gear

The intersection of the end of ski season and the beginning of kayaking season creates a Venn diagram of joy. It's also the time of year known for sketchy weather, leaving you and your gear prone to...

The Best Winter Boots for Men

If you recreate in the mountains or just spend weekdays trudging along snowy sidewalks, then you know life is better with a pair of winter boots.

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