Author Archives: Cade Sundstedt

4-runner camping, car camping, SUV rv, arapaho national forest

4Runner Camper Conversion

With a 10 day Colorado road trip looming and an early 2017 three-week epic family adventure in the planning stages, Molly and I thought it might be a cool idea to turn our 2005 Toyota 4Runner into an off-road camping machine.  In the past, we have driven by countless picturesque backcountry campsites near and on […]

Engineering student, college with a kid

2016 In Pictures

 

Gear Review – Alps Mountaineering Clearwater 20 Sleeping Bag

The old saying “you get what you pay for” sums up the Clearwater 20 bag perfectly.  It is heavier than most synthetic bags and is nowhere near comfortable at 20 degrees; however, it compresses fairly well, is warm enough for most excursions, and is relatively inexpensive. I have had this bag since 2010 and it […]

Snowmass Lake Maroon Bells, Maroon bells backpacking, buckskin pass

Gear Review – Arc’teryx Bora 80

Thank you REI garage sale!  I purchased this pack almost 10 years ago and it changed my perception of backpacking.  Previously, I had always used external frame or cheaper internal frame packs which lead to discomfort, fatigue, and general disdain for backpacking.  With this pack, I can throw 60 pounds of gear on my back […]

strawberry park hot springs, strawberry park cabin, steamboat springs, colorado hot springs

Steamboat Springs, CO

With a moniker suggesting a vast lake or river nearby but adjacent to neither, Steamboat Springs is an oddly named place.  A quick Google search will inform any amateur historian that the name comes from the sounds emitted from the area’s numerous hot springs which early settlers likened to a steamboat. History aside, our trip […]

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline backpacking, mosquito beach campsite

Gear Review – Kelty Ouray 2 Tent

While definitely not the lightest or most compactable tent on the market, this three season tent has been both bomb-proof and roomy for us.  With 35 square feet inside, plenty of head and leg room (I am 6 feet tall), and TWO 7 square foot vestibules the Ouray more than makes up for its extra […]

little green lake fishing, wisonsin bass fishing, 5 lb bass, father and son fishing

Little Green Lake, WI

Merry Christmas (in June)! Instead of traditional gifts, Molly’s parents decided to give the family an experience by way of a four day weekend at a lakehouse on Little Green Lake, Wisconsin. The house was set up perfectly for our large group including six adults and four kids. There was a nice dock on the […]