Archive for February, 2010

I just received my GooseFeet.  I’ve been looking for a product like this for years.  The perfect sleeping socks for the cold footed camper.  That would be me.  Nothing more – nothing less, just a super warm and super light sock. 

These are so light, at only 2.2 oz including a stuff sack,  you won’t mind bringing them along.  That’s about the same as a pair of regular hiking socks and about 1/3 the weight of my old down booties.  You can’t walk around camp in them, but they’re socks not shoes.

For camp shoes I’ll stick with my knock-off Crocs I got at Payless Shoes.  They look something like these Trailbreak Crocs ($49.99), but cost only about $10.

They weight about 10 oz for the pair and work well for the occasional stream crossing too.  Not to mention they’re great for fishing.

Otherwise, I wear my Merrell Pulse II Waterproof Mids for the trail.  They are so comfortable I wear them around camp often as well.  Of course, they have discontinued this particular incarnation.

You can still find them here and there as online closeouts.  Merrell has many similar styles.  I guess when these wear out I’ll have to experiment with something new.

But back to the GooseFeet.  At $55 they may seem expensive.  Good down is expensive.  Similar products cost even more.  Like Nunatak’s Teanaway Down Slippers pictured below.  Nunatak is known as one of the best down outfitters around.  These babies weigh more at 3 oz and cost more at $116.

There is a less expensive alternative in Sierra Design’s Packable Down Booties (not shown).  They cost only $35, but weigh 7 oz.  My guess is they are made using less down and down of a lower grade.  The GooseFeet are made with premium 800+ fill goose down, the best available.

I know I’m pretty enthusiastic about this product, but it fills a niche that needed filling.  I usually make my own gear when I can’t find what I want.  But, down is a bear to handle so IMHO it’s worth it to pay for the finished product.  And these are very professionally finished products.  They should keep my feet warm for years to come.

If your feet don’t get cold, order a pair of the GooseFeet for a cold footed lightweight backpacking friend.  They’ll never forget you!

Also available Waterproof Shells for GooseFeet $28


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I’ve been eating raw food lately.  It has more nutritional value than cooked food and, as a result, I’ve been enjoying increased health & energy.  But, carrots and apples don’t go well with the lightweight backpacking philosophy.  So, I’ve been dehydrating.  If you keep the temps down below 110 F food is still considered raw,  retaining all it’s life force.   Here’s an all-raw cookie recipe that I discovered as a result of making my own Almond Milk.

Almond Milk is just raw almonds and water (a little salt or vanilla if you want).  After blending and straining of the milk there is a residue of almond pulp.  I wondered what I could do with this stuff besides toss it.  So it has become the basis of my cookies.  They are great! (if I do say so myself).  And super easy.  But, you will need a dehydrator and a blender for this recipe. If you’re into raw food, you’ll need these two tools anyway.

2 cups Raw Almond Pulp (what’s left after making Almond Milk)

1 cup Raw Almond or Macadamia Nuts ground in a coffee grinder

1/2 cup Agave Syrup

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

2 t Sea Salt

2 T Maca Powder optional (a Peruvian Root, found at most health food stores)

3/4 cup whole Raw Sunflower Seeds

1/3 cup Raw Sesame Seeds ground in a coffee grinder

2 t Vanilla

Mix ingredients together in mixing bowl.  Place on 2 Tel-flex sheets from dehydrator.  Cover with wax paper and roll out to about 1/4 inch thick.  Remove wax paper.  Score with knife or other tool to make 1.5″ square cookies.  Dry on 145 F for one hour.  (the evaporation for the first hour keeps the cookies temp below 110 F)   After an hour turn them down to 105 F overnight.  Flip cookies onto mesh panel dryer tray without Tel-flex sheet by placing one dryer panel on top of the other and turning them over.  Then remove top panel and carefully peal off Tel-flex sheet from back of cookies.  Continue drying until ready to eat (about 15 more hours).  Timing isn’t critical on these, except only an hour at 145 F.

I took them on a day hike yesterday.  I think they’ll be a great Clif Bar substitute.  I’m working on other ideas for trail food from the dehydrator.

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